Akunyili’s last wish: Wanted Chobok girls released
•Widower says she died of Endometrial Carcinoma, not cervical cancer
AS former Information Minister Dora Nkem Akunyili lay dying in her India hospital bed last June, uppermost in her thought was the safe return home of the over 200 school girls abducted seven weeks earlier by Boko Haram members.
She wished she could, on her own, bring them out of captivity.
She did not give up praying for them until she breathed her last on June 7, her widower, Dr Chike Akunyili, revealed yesterday.
The girls remain in the dungeon of the terrorists.
Speaking on the last moment of the former Director General, National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Chike said that she died of Endometrial Carcinoma and not cervical cancer widely speculated as the cause of her death.
He spoke in Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, while briefing reporters ahead of her burial on August 28.
He said that Endometrial Carcinoma is another type of cancer that takes no time in killing its victims.
He said the deceased also remained, till her last second, passionate about the unity of Nigeria.
”My wife said she would serve Nigeria with the last drop of her blood,” he said.
Dr Akunyili said she would be given a post humous award in the United States of America on November 18, 2014 for her achievements in Pharmacy.
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