But this is not the first time that such HIV AIDS claims has surfaced from the country.
There have been many of such claims, all of which went down the Abyss’s of discredit at the long last.
The difference between them and the Nigerian HIV AIDS cure that was announced by leading newspapers in the country, was the intellectual background to it all.
In what has now become known as the Ezeibe HIV Aids Cure, Vanguard News have this to say.
Prof. Francis Otunta, the Vice Chancellor (VC), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, in Abia, has confirmed the discovery of a new drug for the treatment and cure of HIV/AIDS.
He said that the breakthrough was made by Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, a researcher in the university.
“Prof. Ezeibe is a researcher in Veterinary Medicine and one may wonder how he discovered a drug to cure a human ailment,” he said.
“He has brought honour to the University and we are proud of him.”
Ezeibe, who is a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology, said that the drug was produced with Aluminum Silicate and Magnesium Silicate (Synthetic Aluminum-Magnesium Silicate).
He said that 10 persons living with the disease, “who volunteered’’, were made to apply through their doctor to the VC.
“They were treated daily with the Medicinal Synthetic Aluminum-Magnesium Silicate (50 mg/kg),” he said.
Ezeibe said that the volunteers were subjected to monthly tests for viral loads and CD4-lymphocyte counts.
“With the antiviral effects of the medicine, its ability to reach all cells (as nanoparticles) and the lymphocytes, there is no more hiding place (sanctuary) for HIV,” he said.
When I heard about this recent Nigerian HIV AIDS cure I became uneasy because I knew the Nigerian Government would be the first to dampen the intellectual fire behind the research effort.
Some days later the government through its various offices and spokespersons would fault the professor’s HIV claim.
Saying Mr. Ezeibe’s drug was questionable and did not conform with the ethics of drug testing.
Whether it is true or not, is not my concern. My concern is with the increasing numbers of Nigerians who believe the government would do anything to discredit anyone within the country who comes up with such claims.
For others the conspiracy goes even deeper, as they now believe that there is a plot deliberately in place to make sure such great findings don’t come out from Africa.
According to this set of people, so that the false claim of western intellectual superiority would continue to ring true above our heads.
But no matter the conspiracies and assumptions, I personally think the Nigerian Government should pick up any purported Nigerian HIV AIDS cure with a well researched basis as a state affair and commit funds to its improvement rather than the usual ploy to discredit and abandon.
A Nigerian HIV AIDS Cure is not an impossibility, we have the brain power, it is for the government to assist in the whole enterprise of finding a cure.