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Africa: Professor Maurice Iwu And The Nigerian Government's Politics With Covid-19

Professor Maurice Iwu And The Nigerian Government's Politics With Covid-19 Maurice Mmaduakolam Iwu, aged 70 years, is an Igbo Biafra...

Professor Maurice Iwu And The Nigerian Government's Politics With Covid-19

Maurice Mmaduakolam Iwu, aged 70 years, is an Igbo Biafran. He hails from Umukabia in Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State. He had served Nigeria as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), between 2005 and 2010. Professor Maurice Iwu is a reknowned Pharmacist by training, attaining the highest academic qualification in his chosen professional career. He attended Saint Pius X College, Bodo-Ogoni for his secondary education. He studied at the University of Bradford, England, receiving a Master of Pharmacy degree in 1976, and a Ph.D in 1978. He was World Health Organisation (WHO) Visiting Scholar to Dyson Perrins Laboratory, University of Oxford (1980), Fulbright Senior Scholar, Ohio State University and won the U.S National Research International Prize for Ethnobiology in 1999. He was a Professor of Pharmacognosy at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1984–1993)

Entering business, Iwu became Vice-President, Research and Development of Tom's of Maine, a personal care manufacturing company, and member of the Board of Directors, Axxon Biopharm Inc. He served on the Board of InterCEDD, Fund for integrated Rural Development and Traditional Medicine, and Center for Economic and Social Justice. He was the United Nation's Lead Consultant for the development of Nigeria's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Iwu has published more than 100 research articles and is the author of four books.

Professor Iwu was President of the International Society of ethnobiology (1996–2002), member and ex-President of the Nigerian Society of Pharmacognosy, Member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Member of the International Society for Medicinal Plant Research. He was the Executive Director, Bioresources Development and Conservation Program and a Senior Research Associate at the Division of Experimental Therapeutics of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington D.C.

On Monday 2nd March 2020 and in the wake of Covid-19 Pandemic in Nigeria, he had pointedly announced to all who cared to listen and of course to the Nigerian government, that he has found the cure for the deadly coronavirus disease. This revelation was however, not paid heed to because he is an Igboman. Rather, the Nigerian government concluded plans to procure curative drugs from Madagascar, which was recently being celebrated and given approval to dispense with it's anti-Covid 19 Herbal drugs by World Health Organization, amongst others, for treatment to patients.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra in his live broadcast on Radio Biafra Wednesday evening being 6th May 2020 lamblastered the Nigerian government for not inviting Professor Maurice Iwu on his discovery simply because of their hatred and nepotistic policies against the Igbos. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu questioned Nigeria morality of importing harbal drugs from Madagascar without paying attention to Professor . Maurice Iwu.

In it's shamefacedness, the Nigerian government hurriedly directed Channels Television, one of it's media stooges, to launder it's image by inviting Professor Maurice Iwu for televized press briefing on the matter. It therefore remains to be seen if this approach is not just yet another ploy to further hoodwink the gullible or if the Nigerian government will go all out to give the Professor, the needed support to proffer solution to Covid-19 infected Nigerians, with his expertise.

The world is watching!

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