More tributes pour in for Akunyili
Nigerians from all works of life, have continued to shower tributes on late Prof. Dora Akunyili.
Senate President David Mark, has described the late Prof. Dora Akunyili as a patriotic and dedicated public officer who believed in the sanctity of unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.
Mark said as Director General of NAFDAC and also as the nation’s chief image maker, she brought Nigeria to global reckoning with her campaign of “Great People, Great Nation” project.
“Nigerians will not forget in a hurry her resolute and relentless war against fake and counterfeit drugs when she chased the illicit drug peddlers out of the market.”
Similarly, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed grief and shock over the death of the former Minister of Information.
Ekweremadu described the late pharmacist as a “woman of substance, unequalled character, and courage who brought respect and glory to the nation.”
“Prof. Dora Akunyili was a woman of enormous integrity, a quintessential professional and public administrator per excellence.
“Her brilliant innovations and unparalleled spirited war the health sector practically gave life back to millions of Nigerians.
Also reacting to the death, Senator Ayogu Eze (PDP-Enugu), described Akunyili’s as “possibly one of the saddest pieces of news I have heard since the death of my mother last year.”
“As DG of NAFDAC, she left a big shoe that all her predecessors have been struggling to come to terms with. Her patriotism was to bloom fully when she arrived the Federal Ministry of Information where she left no one in doubt that she was a very resourceful professional by charting a way for cleaning Nigeria’s battered image.
Factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh described Akunyili as a woman of courage and extraordinary achievement.
“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.
Former President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife, described her as a vivacious, lively, brilliant intellectual who was courageous, adding that as 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.
In its reaction, Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East Zone, described Akunyili as a straight forward woman who pursued her duties with great zeal.
“She ruffled some feathers during her tenure as the helmsman of NAFDAC when she led the fight against substandard drugs.
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has also joined other Nigerians to mourn the death of Akunyili.
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.”