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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Dora Akunyili To Be Laid to Rest On August 25th

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The remains of the former Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDC and former Minister for Information and National Orientation, Prof Dora Akunyili will be laid to rest on August 25, 2014.
Addressing journalists yesterday at Akunyili compound in Agulu, Anambra State, the husband to the late Minister, Dr. Chike John Akunyili said the final burial arrangement for his wife will stretch from 25th to 28th August when her remains will be finally laid to rest at her residence, Nkitaku village, Agulu, Anaocha council area of Anambra state.
Dr. Akunyili in an emotion laden voice said activities marking the final journey of late Prof Akunyili will span from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Enugu and Anambra states including her final board meeting at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku Ozala Enugu state.
He further disclosed that Dora’s body would leave National Hospital to their family house in Abuja from where a mass will be held in her honour by John Cardinal Onayeikan before leaving the nation’s capital to Enugu for the final ceremony.
“As I speak, my heart is heavy that it appears inappropriate for me to be granting press interview at this point in time, but if I don’t do it, I will be doing a great disservice to the younger generation who look up to what Dora stood for and the way Dora lived. She defied health challenges to serve her father land”
Pointing at the spot where the late Information Minister will be buried inside their living room, he thanked President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians for uncommon show of love and affection to his late wife, adding that her demise was a plan of God.
“I thank God for the life and times of Dora. She was a great woman, great believer of Nigeria. She kept on singing about Nigeria even when she was very sick. Her love for her country made her talk about the country and issues of abducted Chibok girls. She lived a life worthy of emulation and she tapped me on the back when I broke the news that she had endometracinomo and not cervical cancer as was reported in certain media. This type of cancer is very deadly that its patients only live for seven months. But when I told her about the disease she told me that Doctors had said their own, but God had not said his own. She lived for almost two years after” he said.
Dr. Akunyili also said the burial arrangement for his late wife will be attended by prominent Nigerians both home and in the disapora including President Goodluck Jonathan and other international personalities
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