The efficacy of the herbal drug to combat Covid-19 developed by Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) has been put to test as 19 patients of the dreaded disease have reportedly recovered through the usage of the drug.
The founder of the University, Chief Afe Babalola, who made the revelation, said the number of those healed by the herbal drug was increasing by the day since its approval a few weeks ago by the National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Babalola, Senior Advocate, noted that the research department of the university over the years had been churning out new discoveries aimed at solving
the socio-economic problems in the country.
Babalola who said this in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital on Tuesday during a ceremony commemorating the 12th anniversary of the establishment of ABUAD, added that he conceived the institution in 2010 to contribute to the nation’s education development in the area of research, teaching, and community service.
He said, “I am happy that I conceived this university 12 years ago and since then, we have been going from strength to strength, making exploits in all our endeavors. Our vision is to make this place a great institution in the university education in the country; in teaching, research, and community service.
“ I can confirm to you today that our herbal drug produced through extensive research by our team of researchers has healed about 19 patients who contracted COVID-19 pandemic. They were healed perfectly less than five days of usage; that tells you the level of our research in ABUAD.”
While speaking on the 2023 general elections, however, Babalola said that conducting the election with the present 1999 Constitution would lead to the collapse of the nation.
He lamented that the nation has been facing series of challenges created by the 1999 Constitution imposed on the people by the military, calling on the National Assembly to pass a resolution adopting the 1960 Constitution before next year’s polls in the interest of the country.
According to him, “ We must avoid recycling the old failed leaders in the governance of this country. Any mistake in electing a new set of leaders under the present Constitution will ruin Nigeria completely.
“The simple way out is for the National Assembly is to pass a resolution adopting the 1960/1963 Constitution with a necessary amendment such as having in place, six regions and one-house parliament.”
The renowned lawyer decried the increasing creation of universities in constituencies across the country by the National Assembly, saying this development usurps the power of the National Universities Commission as prescribed by law on the establishment of universities.
Describing these universities as “political universities”, the elder statesman said this situation if not nipped in the bud by the NUC and the ministry of education would have an adverse effect on the nation’s education sector.
“ The ministry of education and NUC should exercise their powers to checkmate this in the interest of quality education in the country, because what these ambitious members of the National Assembly have done amounts to usurpation and abuse of power.
“ Every attempt must be made by all stakeholders to put a lid on the establishment of political universities that hardly survive those who put them in place after they are out of power; otherwise, there will be a crash in the quality of private universities,” he said.