The late Prof Dora Akunyili who died on June 7 in India would have turned 60 on Monday, July 14. Her husband, Dr Chike Akunyili and children – Ijeoma, Edozie, Somto, Njideka, Chidiogo and Obumneme shared a posthumous birthday message on her Facebook page to celebrate her.
In the post titled “We miss you mum”, the family lamented and revealed how much she was greatly missed since her passing away on Saturday, June 7, 2014. “Beloved Dora, You had eagerly looked forward to this day but, alas! you never lived to see it.
We very sincerely admire the decent character in you and those dreams of a golden future for Nigeria, for which you were ever ready to sacrifice your life during your days as NAFDAC DG. Without good people in politics, good leadership will remain elusive. Thus, your hunger to make Nigeria a great brand via “Good People, Great Nation”. Your life was an enduring legacy of truth, courage, integrity, love of your country, pursuit of excellence, love of your family and friends, and total devotion to God. Your commitment to any undertaking attained force and vigor that will surely travel through the centuries.” Dr Chike wrote.
“You never held back whatever you could do for the common good. Your numerous good deeds, infectious smiles, peaceful but firm nature, steely personality and motherly love are all unforgettable. No amount of darkness can overpower the candle you lit and raised high for all to see. In pain, the children and I accept your exit. He who is love hath called thee home and bade thee thy labour cease. Thou art safe in His eternal love and never ending peace.
Dora, lay down thy head on thy Saviour’s breast (as you usually did on mine whenever you were extremely tired). Nigerians all eulogise you and appreciate the numerous trees you planted for future generations to enjoy.” he concluded.
The children also wrote “We deeply love you, Mummy. It was our wish never to let you go, but when death comes, what can we do than to submit to the will of the Almighty?”