The vice chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Prof. Francis Otunta told journalists on Wednesday that a researcher in
Veterinary Medicine of Michael Okpara university of Agriculture, Abia state was reported to have discovered cure for HIV/Aids.
“The discovery followed years of scientific research by the institution”, he said.
Otunta said the breakthrough was made by Maduike Ezeibe, a professor and researcher in the university.
He said Ezeibe had presented the drug to the university management, senate and council, and had also explained the processes he undertook to arrive at his finding.
The VC also said that Ezeibe had equally presented the drug to his colleagues in the medical field and nobody had contradicted his finding. “Prof. Ezeibe is a researcher in Veterinary Medicine and one may wonder how he discovered a drug to cure a human ailment,” he said.
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) and that the medicine could be a major foreign exchange earner for Nigeria if approved by relevant authorities. Ezeibe said that he presented the research findings to the World Virology Conference in Atlanta in 2015, and Antonio (Texas) in 2016. . He said that he was also about to sign a memorandum of understanding with a U.S.-based Scientific Research Publishing, publishers of World Journal of AIDS, for the publication of his book “How I came about the cure for HIV/AIDS.”
Ezeibe said that the medicine was patented in August 2014 in Nigeria, and called on the federal government to help him to secure international patency for the drug.
“If commercialised, the Medicinal Synthetic Aluminum-Magnesium Silicate would become an alternative for petroleum to the Nigerian economy,” he said,