The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has urged Nigerians against buying herbal mixtures from street vendors.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC DG, stated that such concoctions lack storage regulations and could be coming from an untrustworthy source.
Although certain herbal treatments are effective, Adeyeye cautioned that buyers must confirm that they have passed NAFDAC’s safety and efficacy examinations.
“For the liquid herbal concoctions, especially after four or five days, it starts growing bacteria.
“Even if the herbal concoction has some medicinal properties, the bacteria will kill the person first that is taking it.
“Many of our herbal medicines work but we have to do a lot of research to show how they work, at what level are we supposed to be taking them so that it will not get to the toxicity level.”
In other news, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) under former Nigerian military ruler General Sani Abacha, has said that wealthy people with access to firearms and hard narcotics are to blame for the country’s insecurity.
During an interview with Voice of America Hausa, Major Al-Mustapha stated this. In order to eradicate insecurity in Nigeria, he believes the Nigerian government will have to stomp on toes.
”It is high time that every patriotic Nigerian, anyone who has Nigeria, Africa or the entire world at heart, everyone should stand up and make a personal contribution. Things are not moving as expected.
There are people spending their money to cause crisis and it appears they are succeeding.
From the way, they’ve access to weapons today in Africa, and different kinds of drugs, and from the kind of people that are given such things and they are using it, these have shown that the strength they have has started to overpower the laws of African countries, especially here in Nigeria.
That is why in my remarks, I delved on these issues and other issues pertaining to world affairs.”he said
He claimed that many unpleasant things are happening in the country as a result of a few powerful individuals gaining control of the means of finding, processing, and exporting the country’s mineral riches. He claimed that the few Nigerians who profited from the country’s mineral wealth appeared unstoppable.
” If you want to stop them, they are ever ready to use all means at their disposal to fight you. They can even do that in collaboration with their local and foreign allies,” he alleged.
They are powerful and can fight any government that tries to stop them. Fighting them. will require tact, reverting the laws and educating those carrying out the laws and those in government. They should know where they lag behind and where they are found wanting. “
If this arises, from what I’ve said if things are to be corrected, toes must be stepped upon People must be shown the right thing to do so that peace and harmony would be restored, ” he said.