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Professor Dora Akunyili, the former strong woman of National Agency for Food, Drug Administration Agency caused a stir when she appeared at the National Judicial Institute venue of the ongoing national conference in Abuja on Monday looking very pale and emaciated, a far cry from her usual vivacious self.

Many delegates could not recognise her at first glance as they were shocked by her almost ghoulish appearance.

Dora who also served as Information Minister and who was a failed senatorial candidate in her native Anambra state, had to introduce herself to some of the delegates who found it hard to recognise her.


The Dora we all know


Professor Akunyili: the shocking way she was seen today. Photo Femi Ipaye
Professor Akunyili: the shocking way she was seen yesterday.

Dora sending a text message on her phone
Dora sending a text message on her phone

The old Dora on her birthday at 53
The old Dora on her birthday at 53

Prof Dora Akunyili, Chief Josephine Aninneh and former deputy gov Osun State, Olusola Obada at the confab
Prof Dora Akunyili, Chief Josephine Aninneh and former deputy gov Osun State, Olusola Obada at the confab

However the former Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili has denied report that she was seriously sick and currently out of the country and in need of urgent prayers.

In a statement Tuesday, Professor Akunyili said: “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, 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.”

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  1. She shud go and re grow her flesh and leave Nigeria alone,leaders that have failed us before discussing the future of Nigerians. The confab is scam and scandal personalised- Rex

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  2. How did she fail you? She was pne of the few that performed well in her appointment as nafdac boss. As information minister... nobody performs well there since you are basically the govt mouth piece

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  3. Woaw I sowee 4 her sure she sick

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  4. You do not know who you are talking about .keep quiet if you do not know what to say .A woman that helped to rid Nig of manace of fake drug and almost lost her life fighting the cabal of fake drug in Nig .The only woman that stood against Aondoaka and Yaraduas wife when they wanted to deceive Nig with Budget supposedly signed by President in Coma.there are still hood people in Nig

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  5. Well well , everyone gets ill at one time or another.

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  6. It is really shocking to see how much weight she has lost in such a short time. They had better be sure she is fit for that assignment, before we have a case of a collapsed victim on national media.

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  7. Thank God You are alive! l give God ALL the Glory! God kept you blc you helped bring sanity in the Pharmaceutical industry in this Great Nation Nigeria! Only an ignorant man/Woman will forget you contribution! Keep standing out for your Nation for Our Great God Almighty will continue to fight you Battle for you and single you out when necessary for Promotions and Change of Levels! Dont mind what they say about your health, but Just take time to Rest, l can assure you becoming RADIANT again!
    Who knows, you might become our next President come 2015...Nothing is impossible with God. Mama Dora, You are Blesd. from Jerry, Lagos.

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  8. Let somebody advice this ex strong woman of NAFDAC that she should go on holidays and recuperate instead of attending this conference. What will be the quality of her contribution in her present state of health? Some Nigerians simply belief that the country can not be without them hence, they could be recycled several times over before they eventually learn their lesson in the hardest way.

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  9. This is the bane of the backward integration being experienced by the nation. Recycling of dead/dying and feable old vessels, bent on milking the nation's resource at the expense the vast majority of the Nigerrian populace. She should be adviced to take a break for her recuperation.

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  10. This power hungry thirsty old politians should stay allow opportunities for the younger ones.

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  11. Prof Dora Akunyili you are well endowed and beloved in our heart . And I pray for your quick recovery IJMN Amen

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  12. The Lord God will Heal you Amen. You are a Plus to this Nation! We need Selfless People like you to this country Forward! Mama Dora, you will not Die but Live...! You are Blesd.
    From,
    Jerry, Lagos.

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  13. God will restore your health fully very scary to serve Nigeria with all sorts of devilish attributes in our communities, this woman fought fake drug merchants to standstill ,she blowwhistle on Cabal that held Nigeria hostage as information minister, she deserves our prayers.

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  14. You should keep your mouth short if you cannot see because people like you are mischiefious, how can you accuse this heroines of our, she has made nigeria proud and a legacy which can not be forgotten. mummy God blessyou, you are heal in Jesus name Amen. As we young Nigerian has made of our mind to make this nation Proud. God bless u God bless Nigerian looking forward with a bold mind taking Nigeria to a greater height

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  15. may the good LORD SEND HEALING FROM ABOVE TO U MADAM! WT EVER THE SOURCE OF YOUR AFLICTION MAY THE BLOOD OF JESUS BREAK THEIR HOLD OVER YOUR LIFE IJN!

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  16. MAY THE HEALING VIRTUE OF JESUS FLOW THRU YOU. WTEVER THE SOURCE OF YOUR AFLICTION MAY THE BLOOD OF JESUS DRY THEM UP IJN!

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  17. Dora! Thank God for giving a second chance. Pls use this opportunity to moove this country forward talk to your colleagues about the importance of Selfless Service. We bring nothing, we take nothing away. We met them God is the owner. We must reap what we sow. Yours faithfully

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  18. Madam you have recovered already. We all thank God for what you did for us in Nigeria. Our God will keep you alive in Jesus name - Amen.

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  19. The Lord has healed you already. Isaiah 54:17 and Psalm118:17 are your portion. That affliction shall shall not repeat in your life, in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

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  20. Honestly i love Dora and would want her to continue in helping this country move forward but please my advise is that she should get well first,and i mean very well,not happy with the way she looks at all,thank God for healing her but let her rest first when she is fully recovered and looks like the Dora we all know,she can continue from where she stopped.Thank God for your life madam,its a testimony.

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  21. From the above comments from all sets of people in Nigeria, it shows that Nigerians are not stupid . They know those who come to serve and those that have come to the system to steal and destroy . Prof. you can see how people are testifying your good deeds while you are alive therefor continue to Dora Akunyiri you are always . You are healed in Jesus name . Amen

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  22. This is not an ordinary illness. Dora please go for continued and serious prayers. Just leave the conference and go and rest abroad. We are praying for you and we love you. Get well Dora.

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    1. When she goes to rest abroad now u all will b bashing her on d fact dat she had to leave her homeland to vacation elsewhere. If she says she's fit to serve,let her.

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  23. God bless Dora Akunyili. Long live Dora Akunyili!

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  24. DORA,You're healed in Jesus christ name Amen

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  25. Thank God she is alive.God will perfect your healing.

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  26. U re healed already IJN

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