‘Dora Akunyili passed away at 10am this morning’ – Former Governor Obi...

‘Dora Akunyili passed away at 10am this morning’ – Former Governor Obi Confirms

By Salisu Sulaimon | Sub-Editor on June 7, 2014
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13 Oct 2005, Abuja, Nigeria --- Prof. Dora Ankunyili, center, General Director of Nigeria's National Agency For Food And Drug Administration and Control is escorted from her office by Nigerian police officers in Abuja. | Ed Kashi/Corbis

Former Anambra governor, Peter Obi has just confirmed the death of former information minister, Dora Akunyili.

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,” he said in a statement released to the media by Isaac Umunna, Media Advisor to Dora Akunyili.

Mr. Peter Obi discussing with Dora Akunyili’s doctors this morning in India, while Dora’s husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili (left) listens.  (Photo Courtesy Isaac Umunna)
Mr. Peter Obi discussing with Dora Akunyili’s doctors this morning in India, while Dora’s husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili (left) listens on May 27, 2014. (Photo Courtesy Isaac Umunna)

The full statement below:

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.

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