Maku Commiserates With Akunyili's Family

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has condoled with the family of late Dora Akunyili and Nigerians.
A statement issued by Maku on Saturday in Abuja, stated that the management and members of staff of the Federal Ministry of Information received the news of Akunyili’s death with shock.
Maku described the demise of Akunyili as a huge loss to the family‎, the entire womenfolk, and the country in general.
``She was a patriot, who devoted her career to the ‎struggle to enhance the quality of life of the citizenry.
``Prof. Akunyili displayed uncommon passion and zest for service to the nation and was a social crusader whose faith in Nigeria was unwavering.’’
Maku said as the Director-General of NAFDAC, Akunyili redefined the mandate of the agency‎ and took the campaign against fake and unwholesome foods and drugs to an unprecedented level.
``She prosecuted her campaign against fake drugs with a single-mindedness that brushed aside frequent threats to her life, including an assassination attempt by the powerful interests who felt imperilled by her quest to clean up the foods and drug business.
``Akunyili was a colossus who left her footprint across a broad spectrum of ‎Nigeria's public life.
``Her numerous awards, both at home and abroad, bore testimony to a world that recognısed and appreciated her immense contributions,’’ Maku said.
The minister stated that she would be remembered for initiating the rebranding campaign in the Federal Ministry of Information, which was aimed at repackaging Nigeria and improving the image of the country.
Maku said that Akunyılı left a legacy of service to God and humanity and her memory would remain evergreen in the minds of Nigerians.
The minister prayed God to grant the family, friends, and Nigerians the fortitude to bear her loss and to grant the deceased eternal rest.

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