Dora Akunyili, former Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and one time Minister of Information, is dead. She died Saturday morning in India where she had been flown for treatment of an undisclosed ailment.
Her passing has just been confirmed in a release issued by her media aide Isaac Umunna and signed by former Governor Peter Obi, CON.
The release reads in full:
PROF. (MRS.) DORA AKUNYILI IS DEAD
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
Mrs Akunyili will be remembered for her work at NAFDAC and the fight to end the scourge of fake pharmaceuticals as well as Minister of Information where she launched the “Good People, Great Nation” slogan.
Her family is yet to make an official statement.