Metro Tributes Continue to Pour in for Late Dora Akunyili



Nigerians from all works of life, have continued to shower tributes on late Prof. Dora Akunyili.

In a statement issued on Saturday in Awka, by the factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh described Akunyili as a woman of courage and extraordinary achievement.

Umeh said that the death of the former Minister of Information was saddening and most unfortunate.

The chairman said her death was a great loss to Nigeria and the women folk, adding that she was a devout Christian who dared where most men feared.

Umeh said that the late politician was a worthy ambassador of the Igbo race.

``Her death is very saddening; it is a huge loss to Nigeria and the womenfolk.

``The Igbos have lost an ambassador, however, she was a woman of uncommon and extraordinary achievement. She was brilliant and exceptionally bold and courageous.

``She dared where most men chickened out, APGA mourns her death and commiserate with her husband and family, and may she rest in peace.’’

Also reacting to Akunyili’s death, the former President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife, described her as a vivacious, lively, brilliant intellectual who was courageous.

Ikedife recalled that Akunyili was a member of the National Conference where she showed courage even in her ill health.

``When it was her turn to react to the presidential address, the chairman of the conference asked her to sit and make her contributions but she insisted that she would stand up and speak.

``She stood and spoke brilliantly, eloquently and with great precision in spite of her apparent ill health, she showed courage,” Ikedife noted.

He described the former NAFDAC boss as ``an illuminating star and standard pace setter for many young ones.’’

``She had imbued and inspired many young people, she will certainly be missed in the politics of Nigeria today.

``She was honest, brilliant, hardworking, dogged, determined and well-focused.

``It was her doggedness that led to an attempt on her life once, because she was incorruptible not yielding to the whims and caprices of drug adulterators,” he added.

In its reaction, the Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East Zone, described Akunyili as a straight forward woman who pursued her duties with great zeal.

The Coordinator of the group, Mr Uzor Uzor , said this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Uzor said he was shocked when he heard the news of the unfortunate death of the academic cum politician on Saturday.

The activist noted that though the former minister might have ``ruffled some feathers’’ with the group during her tenure as the helmsman of NAFDAC when she led the fight against substandard drugs.

Uzor said that she was able to sanitise the food and drugs sub-sector.

``The CD received with great sadness the news of Dora’s death, she was a gift to the country.

``Though she may have done some things wrong and offended people during her fight against fake products, she was a rare women who stood for what she believed in.

``Death is a necessary end, we shall miss her dearly, it is our prayer that God grant her soul eternal repose.’’

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has also joined other Nigerians to mourn the death of Akunyili.

Mr Uche Apakama, a member of the council, told NAN in Onitsha that the council had lost a rare great mentor and an embodiment of professionalism.

``Her death is a great loss to the pharmacy world and people who had passed through her mentorship.’’

Apakama, who is also the Chief Executive of Paxs Pharmaceuticals Ltd, urged Nigerians, especially those from Anambra to take solace in God.

``It is an irreparable loss to the people of this great country and especially Anambra people.

``I pray that God would grant Agulu people and her immediate family the large heart to bear the lost.

``And may her gentle soul rest in perfect peace in the Lord,’’ he said.

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