Dora Akunyili, a former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and ex-Minister of Information was to be flown abroad for medical treatment on Saturday.
Akunyili, a delegate at the ongoing National Conference had said she was recovering from a life-threatening ailment.
But around 9p.m on Saturday night 10th May 2014, sources say that Akunyili’s condition had deteriorated and any further delay in getting medical attention would have been detrimental.
A family source revealed that the the former director-general of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has fallen seriously ill again after returning from a trip to France. “We would rather this was not reported at all because these are trying times for us, but because she is a public figure it would be very difficult to keep it out of the media,” the source said.
Many were surprised when Akunnyili made an appearance at the confab looking frail. Responding to comments about her health, she said,
“My attention has been drawn to a story making the rounds online claiming that I am seriously sick, currently out of the country and in need of urgent prayers.
“This story is baseless, unfounded and the handiwork of mischief makers. It should be ignored and discarded in its entirety. As every informed Nigerian knows, I am a delegate to the National Conference currently holding in Abuja.
“While it is true that I recently came out of a major sickness, for which I thank Almighty God for delivering me, I have since been declared fit by my doctors and returned to my normal activities. I shed much weight in the course of the sickness — which is normal — but I am well now and only need time to re-grow some flesh. There is nothing to worry about either my health or my present stature.”
The nature of her ailment has still not been made public, but unconfirmed reports say it is cervical cancer. We wish her a quick recovery.