Published On: Sat, Jun 7th, 2014

Former NAFDAC DG, Dora Akunyili is dead

The Akunyili family has officially confirmed the death today in India of Prof. (Mrs.) Dora Nkem Akunyili. She was 59.

A statement signed by former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, on behalf of the family, said she died at 10 a.m. Nigerian time in a Specialist Cancer Hospital following a two-year battle with the disease.

“In spite her illness, Prof. Akunyili was unwavering in her belief in a better Nigeria,” Mr. Obi said. “That was why she defied her condition and was part of Anambra State Handover Committee and the National Conference.”

He recalled that the he visited her in India, she went beyond her own need for prayers, expressing concern for the abducted Chibok girls, security and other challenges facing the country. She remained prayerful for the release of the girls and for God to help President Goodluck Jonathan to overcome all the challenges facing Nigeria.

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“She therefore urged all Nigerians to remain prayerful and committed to building a better society for our children,” he said.

Mrs. Akunyili died four weeks after she was flown to Bangalore, India for further treatment, following ongoing treatment in Abuja, where she was participating in the National Conference despite her obvious condition.

She is widely acknowledged for her groundbreaking work as the first Director-General of the National Agency for Food & Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC), where she helped to break many drug cartels in the country, and as Minister of Information.

News Express reported today the former Minister spent her final hours in the peaceful presence of her husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili, and her brother, Dr. Francis Anayo Edemobi. It was learned that both of them traveled to India with her on May 11.

“Popularly known as The Amazon, Professor Dora Akunyili was a first class patriot who deeply loved Nigeria and served the country with all she had, irrespective of whatever risks [were] involved in doing so,” the newspaper eulogized. “She demonstrated this in all her assignments – from the classroom at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), to the Presidential (Special) Task Force (PTF), Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, and the on-going National Conference in Abuja, of which she was a member until her death.”

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  1. Ezeh Chigboo Daniel says:

    I personally mourn ur death Prof Dora,I saw U during D burial of Late Prof Chinua Achebe,U were really a true Nigerian.May Ur soul rest in peace Amen

  2. TEMITOPE ADEOSUN says:

    Adieu to a genuine Nigerian patriot.May the spirit of strong faith in a sound, strong, vibrant, stable Nigerian State live on after Prof Mrs Dora Akunyili.The good people of this nation will remember her good works for the welfare of all in a very long time.

  3. Uju nadoma says:

    What does this tell us; but the mortality of every one.only our good dids lives on.may she rest in peace.ijeoma safe trip.

    • OKAFOR HERBERT LAHAMS says:

      O MY DEAR PROF.DORA NKEM AKUMYILI
      HAS LEFT THIS WORLD TO JOIN THE SAINTS
      IN HEAVEN TOGATHER WITH GOD ALMIGHTY
      HER CREATOR.I VE NO WORD TO DISCRIBE
      HER WORK ON THIS EARTH FOR THE SAKE
      OF HUMANITY TO LIVE A QUALITY LIFE.
      DURING HER STAY AS NAFDAC DG.MY
      OPINION IS OUR FGN MUST MAKE WAY TO
      IMMOTALISE HER & BY NAMEING A NATIONAL
      MONUMENT IN HER MEMORY. MAY HER SOUL
      REST IN PEACE AMEN

  4. KENNETH says:

    a rare gem, impeccable character ,mouth piece of the oppressed ,may the good lord reward you exceedingly in his kingdom for saving numerous souls from the hands of wicked drug merchants.

  5. Ebuka says:

    If other mothers would be so patriotic like you, even at the point of death, i imagine how great this country will be. An amazon is gone but your legacy will never be FORGOTTEN

  6. may her gentle soul rest in perfect peace Amen

  7. Daniel M.Moh'd says:

    She was a true Nigeria,who was alway ready to serve her country with the best of her ability.What a grate lost? may her soul rest in perfect peace (Amen).

  8. david sunday says:

    She has really done well for the growth and total well being of the nation. May God Almighty grant her family the heart to bear the loss. Rest in peace Dora

  9. OKAFOR HERBERT LAHAMS says:

    O MY DEAR PROF.DORA NKEM AKUMYILI
    HAS LEFT THIS WORLD TO JOIN THE SAINTS
    IN HEAVEN TOGATHER WITH GOD ALMIGHTY
    HER CREATOR.I VE NO WORD TO DISCRIBE
    HER WORK ON THIS EARTH FOR THE SAKE
    OF HUMANITY TO LIVE A QUALITY LIFE.
    DURING HER STAY AS NAFDAC DG.MY
    OPINION IS OUR FGN MUST MAKE WAY TO
    IMMOTALISE HER & BY NAMEING A NATIONAL
    MONUMENT IN HER MEMORY. MAY HER SOUL
    REST IN PEACE AMEN

  10. emmanuel says:

    We miss you.you are a gift to nigerians

  11. joy says:

    may her gentle soul rest in perfect peace,if it hapns dat someone told her years bck dat she will not see 2015 will she belive,my dear people of nigeria such is life.

  12. Ben Joe says:

    May God bless her soul for all she did for us.
    sister, rest in peace

  13. Ramseychuks says:

    Is a pity it happened this way…. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

  14. Ogochukwu ogechuks says:

    A patriot is gone… Oh death where is ur sting….
    Prof Dora, may ur soul gently rest in perfect peace…
    And let the Almighty God console your loved ones…
    Rest in Peace a woman of valour

  15. Anikori says:

    Great woman of uncommon character and courage, we will miss you.
    Good Night Big Sister!

  16. Rita Ugwueze says:

    Great woman,great lose. I luv.adieu mama.

  17. Uhure Isioma says:

    MAY HER GENTLE SOUL R.I.P

  18. Olaoye Olusoji Adeniran says:

    Goodnigth ma,your death remind’s me of what my grandma used to tell me that a man is valueless until after his death, prof Dora Akunyili,we loved you but Jesus loved you most. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amin

  19. Rossey says:

    She was a great woman of substance,my role model….May ur gentle soul rest in the bossom of the Lord i luv u….Adiue my beautiful woman till we meet to part no more.

  20. Manfred Usoro says:

    we really missed u our great patroit. May ur humble soul rest in peace. Amen

  21. Chommy says:

    A rare gem is gone,may your soul rest in peace,you will remain evergreen in our memories

  22. Obinna says:

    Nigerans wil miss you Dora but i believe you departed to rest and reap the fruit of did for human kind & Nigeria all whole.
    My the soul of Pro. Dr. Dora A. Rest in perfect peace Amen.

  23. olu says:

    R.I.P Prof. You have served your country to the best of your ability. Your legacy will live on.

  24. Dr Eghaghara Anthony says:

    She will be globally missed.

  25. KINGSLEY says:

    It was indeed a shock to me when l heard that an icon is dead…someone who brought a change to Nigeria regarding fake drugs…but l strongly believe that in near future death will be swallowed up forever and those in GOD’S memory will be resurected

  26. Okedare Aderemi says:

    Mama rest in peace.

  27. adaeze onyema says:

    OH! WHAT A WORLD. THE GOOD NEVER LAST BUT ITS ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD. SHE WAS THERE AT THE RIGHT TIME ,BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL, SHE SAVED LIVES THAT NO-ONE ELSE WAS WILLING TO SAVE, SHE CARRIED OUT A DUTY BEGGING FOR ATTENTION AT THE TIME. LETS HOPE THAT GOD WILL GIVE HER A REAL PERFECT REST, AMEN! ADIEU!!! GREAT LADY

  28. Alaba Ehindero says:

    Naija slips, her daughter sleeps……Prof Dora…goodnight. You we re a great woman of a great nation..even 5 year olds are conscious of expiry date on biscuit . What a greater legacy you left behind ..

  29. Peter Ojeka says:

    A real woman of nigeria. Oh, what a great lost! Today, every child in Nigeria knows NAFDAC because of you,imagine the lives that you have prevented from destruction by the hands of bad Nigerians . Every true Nigerian can now believe in this country because of your struggle ” rebranding Nigeria” . The yes we love our country song.
    Can we still have another Dora of your type in this country? God knows why he chose to call you now but we believe that you will be with him in paradise.
    We love you but God loves you more. Rest in peace great woman.

  30. Pamela says:

    Dis is a veri sad moment 2 d entire nigeria, 2 lose such a rare and grt icon…may ha soul rest in peace

  31. A rare gem is gone!!! May ur gentle soul RIP prof Dora Nkem Akunyili we will always remember u .we all luv u, d legacies u left bhind will neva b 4gotten we shall follow ur footprints Adieu ezinne Dora Akunyili RIP TILL WE MEET TO PART NO MORE

  32. armani okonkwo says:

    An icon has gone.Prof Dora Akunyili was a rare gem.She was a true Nigerian,ready to serve even unto death.May her soul rest in perfect peace.Her works speak volumes,and she will be forever remembered.Jee Nke oma.

  33. chi says:

    Rest in peace DG of NAFDAC of nija. We all mis YOU. I pray that God count ur GOOD work!!!!!!!

  34. she is a very honestly and true lovely one, she really work for all Nigerians as whole and i love the way she works in fact we lose something honestly may her souls rest in perfect peace Amen.

  35. Tobi Eseme Daniel says:

    She lives on. Only remembered by what you have DONE

  36. Fyntirimam says:

    Rest in peace dear, we luv u

  37. veron says:

    rest in in the bosom of the Lord

  38. jose says:

    rest in peace

  39. may your sour rest in peace. I really miss you

  40. jane nzeocha says:

    “Nwanyi Oma”, you were my role model. May the good Lord grant your soul eternal rest. May He also give your beloved family the fortitude to bear this great loss. Rest in the bossom of the Lord till we meet to part no more. “Laa na udo”

  41. Adegbite Oluwatobi says:

    Nigeria shall forever remember the hard work you did with all sincerity.
    I know you are only resting from your work on earth
    Rest In Peace.

  42. Adegbite Oluwatobi Esther says:

    Our Nation has lost a special and rear gem. Your works shall be forever remembered. You have gone to rest from all your earnest work here on earth. Rest In Peace Prof.Dora Nkem Akunyili. I love you

  43. hope onaji says:

    exit if an icon n a rare gem.may ur soul rest in d bossom of my fada in heaven amen

  44. racheal thomas says:

    DORA you were a good leader to our country how I wish other leaders could be like you, REST IN PEACE

  45. Adefuye J. says:

    Prof. Dora A. Formal Nafdac DG Though i don’t see you in your life time..but i heard about your death and i was choked…may your Soul Rest in Peace..!!!!

  46. Oluwafemi Godwin says:

    1 ov d constant law ov nature ez death, hmm death haz no respect 4 personalitiz,rest in peace ma idol we love u bt God love u more

  47. samson Godwin says:

    Nigeria just lost an ICON.i pray dat her soul will rest in d bossom of d lord.

  48. pauline Eluwa says:

    oh death, how wicked and unpredicted u can be to take away this icon from us at this critical moment. Doc, may your kind soul rest in the bossom of the lord. amen

  49. Adeola Ikuomola says:

    THE BRIGHT STAR IS DOWNED
    (For Prof. Dora Akunyili)

    Our hearts are upon the confusing clouds
    With our weary soles hermetically sealed
    On the crossroads of the rain and the sun
    Marking the light blown off by cold death

    The sad news is a flaring acid in our skins
    The dark heights mourn the downed star
    With the interpersonal scar in our hearts
    Our cold hats document the global agony

    Our eyelashes are embedded rainforests
    Enumerating their descending tear drops
    For the light peaks interred in dark clouds
    To season our sermon with the dry dirges

    Our thoughts shall mark your bright tomb
    To crush the dark that devoured your rays
    Your gallant horse outruns our slow paces
    To quench your thirst with the living water

    Our lady airborne by the chariots of death
    Letters and numbers embrace your legacy
    Saying goodnight to you glorifies the dark
    And a good morning humiliates huge light

  50. Chinwendu says:

    May ur soul rest in peace

  51. Chinenye says:

    Na waoooo…….this world get as it be. Why is it that good people do not last. An amazon has gone. Who will succeed her. A fearless woman who single handedly fought the cartel of fake drug barons. Intelligent, sincere and honest woman is gone. The legacy you left will ever remain green in my mind. May your soul rest in perfect peace.

  52. coltowas@gmail.com says:

    ADIEU GREAT WOMAN!
    ANAMBRARIANS, NDI-IGBO AND NIGERIANS WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR GOOD WORK!!
    ADIEU GREAT MOTHER!!!

  53. Donmicit Ladidi Rimdap says:

    Nigeria has lost one of her great Daughter. Dora gave her all to make sure Nigerians, regardless of their back ground get quality control medicines. She fought a global epidemic of fake medicines import or and those made from within the Nigeria and defeated them victoriously. Daro, all Nigerians are proud of you and missed so so very much. May the Good Lord grant you peaceful sleep till we join you in the heavenly home. Amen.

  54. nwanneka says:

    My hero and iron lady rest in peace. The nation will miss you anf the good work you did for nigeria

  55. monday says:

    May ur soul rest in peace

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