Dora akunyili dead
Nigeria’s ex minister Professor Dora Akunyili has been confirmed dead in an official release signed by Mr. Peter Obi on behalf of the family.
Here is a copy of Mr. Peter Obi’s official statement:
PROF. (MRS.) DORA AKUNYILI IS DEAD
On behalf of the Akunyili’s family, I wish to officially confirm the death of Prof. (Mrs.) Dora Nkem Akunyili, OFR, in a Specialist Cancer Hospital in India this morning at 10 am, Nigerian Time, after a two-year battle with cancer.
In spite her illness, Prof. Akunyili was unwavering in her belief in a better Nigeria. That was why she defied her condition and was part of Anambra State Handover Committee and the National Conference.
The last time I visited her in India, even when she needed all the prayers herself, she was full of concern for the abducted Chibok girls, security and other challenges facing the country and told me that she remained prayerful for the release of those girls and for God to help President Goodluck Jonathan to overcome all the challenges facing the Nation. She therefore urged all Nigerians to remain prayerful and committed to building a better society for our children. We all prayed together and I promised to be visiting her every month.
We thank all those who remain fervent in prayers for her recovery and urge them to remain prayerful for the peaceful repose of her soul.
Mr. Peter Obi, CON
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Dora Akunyili died at the age of 59.
Nigeria’s Former Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and ex minister of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili, was reported to have died today by SaharaReporters “in an India Hospital where she has been receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment”.
A source close to the family told Africa Thisday in a phone chat this morning to disregard such rumors as they are the “craft of desperate bloggers”. He continued: “Dora is loved by her people. If anything happens to her, the family will not hesitate to release an official statement to that effect. We are still praying that she recovers”.
Another source said to Africa Thisday, “when Maya Angelou, the American poet died, her family immediately announced her death on the social media. I believe the Akunyili family will do same if Dora is actually dead. Nigerians must learn to question what they read on blogs.
The secrecy surrounding the current medical condition of Professor Dora Akunyili, Nigeria’s former Minister for Information has sparked off flames of unconfirmed rumors on social media networks that Dr. Dora is dead as many users posted brief messages that read “RIP Dora Akunyili”.
Africa Thisday made efforts to reach the media assistant of the ailing former minister, Mr. Isaac Umunna and our several phone calls were not answered. However a source close to Mr. Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State who recently flew to India to visit Mrs. Dora told Africa Thisday in a phone chat that while rumors of the death of Mrs. Dora Akunyili may be unfounded yet “there are indications that Mrs. Dora is placed on life support”. Another source who is a political associate of Mrs. Dora advised the public to “keep praying for Mrs. Dora Akunyili as God can revive her.”
More details coming soon.