The sad news of the death of Mrs. Dora Akunyili, former Minister of Information and Communication, and DG of NAFDAC, came to me as a great shock. Her sudden death after a spirited battle to fight to stay alive and regain full health is both sorrowful and painful. She was full of life, always in great spirit and one of the most patriotic Nigerians I have ever known. Her patriotism knew no bounds and was well demonstrated in her leadership of NAFDAC and her service to the country in various capacities. She raised the bar of public service to a new level and we must appreciate her for that.
For us during this season, it is one death too many and Mrs. Akunyili’s death reminds us all of our mortality. She would never be forgotten though, because she was one woman who affected her generation for good and won recognition for Nigeria .
Amongst Nigerian women, she blazed a trail that was unequaled. She was an Amazon. Because she dared, many women can now aspire to lead and offer themselves for key leadership positions. May God Almighty have mercy on her soul and may He grant the husband, children, family and relatives the comfort they need to bear this pain.
On behalf of family and I, please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.