The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dame (Dr.) Patience Faka Jonathan, has described the former Minister of Information, and erstwhile Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor (Mrs.) Dora Nkem Akunyili, as a “titan,” who left an indelible mark with the passion and conviction with which she served the nation. She described the late Akunyili’s departure as, “A great loss to the nation and the womenfolk.”
The First Lady stated this today, 07/07/2014, in Abuja while receiving the news of the death of the late Professor. She remarked that, “Words cannot adequately express the shock and deep sadness I feel on receiving this news.”
Dame Jonathan observed that the late Akunyili demonstrated that if given the opportunity, women can make a difference as evident from her glowing career as an internationally renowned pharmacist, respected academic and distinguished administrator.
She called late Professor Akunyili, “A bright and shining star,” saying that, “While we mourn her loss, we offer thanksgiving to God for her sojourn on this mortal earth and for her service to the nation and humanity.”
The First Lady prayed for the Almighty in his infinite mercy, to grant her gentle soul, peaceful repose in the bosom of her creator and also prayed for God to console the immediate and extended family members.