The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, has described Prof. Dora Akunyili?s death as a big loss to Nigeria.
Abada said in Nsukka on Sunday that the union received the passing on of the former Minister of Information with shock and surprise.
He said Akunyili?s death had robbed the country of a rare icon and an amazon.
“She was a godly, courageous and patriotic woman who contributed immensely to the country?s national development.
“It is Akunyili?s uncommon courage as NAFDAC Director-General that made her to fight barons of fake drugs to a standstill, thereby saving many Nigerians who could have died untimely as result of taking fake drugs.
“She put her life at stake to ensure sanity in the Nigerian drugs industry, which helped to save many Nigerians as well as salvage the image of the country in the eyes of the international community.
“The death of this former Information Minister has robbed the country of an amazon, an icon and an intelligent and courageous woman who treaded where some men could not, because of the love she has for the fatherland,?? Abada said.
He said the death of Akunyili had thrown the UNN into morning, as the university had lost an erudite scholar who had done the university proud in various ways.
“UNN has lost super lioness and a great ambassador. The vacuum created by the death of Akunyili in the country will take time to be filled,?? the ASUU official said.
The chapter chairman urged the family of Akunyili to take solace in the fact that she lived a useful life and served her fatherland excellently.
“The greatest thing the family will do for her is to follow the good legacies which endeared her to Nigerians and the entire world,?? he said.
Abada urged government to ensure a befitting burial for her and also immortalise her as someone who served Nigeria with all her strength and might.
“Government should ensure that the former NAFDAC director-general is given a befitting burial, as well as name an edifice after her as a way of rewarding her patriotism.
“Nothing will be too big to immortalise Akunyili as she believed in the Nigerian Project and continued to champion it till death.
“My prayer is that God will grant her soul eternal rest,?? he said.


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