Wednesday 26 March 2014


Some weeks ago, there were rumours that former Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control Nigeria (NAFDAC), Professor Dora Akunyili was sick and was being treated in the United States of America (USA) for an undisclosed illness.

Few days ago, pictures of the ex-Minister of Information and Communications hit the internet and she was not looking as she used to be before.

However, Professor Dora and her husband, Chike Akunyili have now debunked the speculations and have also warned that such information should be disregarded by the public.

In a recent post on her Facebook page, captioned ‘I AM WELL, FIT AND READY FOR THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE’, Professor Akunyili said, “My Dear Friends, My attention has been drawn to a story making the rounds online claiming that I am seriously sick, currently out of the country and in need of urgent prayers.

“This story is baseless, unfounded and the handiwork of mischief makers. It should be ignored and discarded in its entirety. As every informed Nigerian knows, I am a Delegate to the National Conference currently holding in Abuja. I was duly accredited as a Delegate and I am currently in attendance at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, and venue of the conference.

“While it is true that I recently came out of a major sickness, for which I thank Almighty God for delivering me, I have since been declared fit by my doctors and returned to my normal activities. I shed much weight in the course of the sickness – which is normal – but I am well now and only need time to re-grow some flesh. There is nothing to worry about either my health or my present stature.

“I know that God has kept me alive for a purpose, this National Conference being part of that purpose. For the avoidance of doubt, I am well now, fit, strong enough and ready for this all-important National Conference and I look forward to collaborating with other delegates to chart the way for a better Nigeria.

“I thank all my friends for their love and prayers. May Almighty God bless and reward you.“

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