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Nigeria could be Dubai with leaders like my mum, says Dora Akunyili’s son on 10th year memorial


 Obumneme, son of Dora Akunyili, the late former director-general, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says his mother left a legacy that has been impossible to live up to.

 

Speaking on Akunyili’s 10th memorial, Obumneme, director, head of project monitoring, Anambra state government, said while time has numbed the pain, the vacuum of her mother’s demise still exists.

 

The former NAFDAC DG died on June 7, 2014, at a specialist hospital in India after a two-year battle with uterine cancer.

 

 “She left a legacy for our family, which we all strive everyday to live up to,” Obumneme said.

 

“Her demise gave another focus to my life. She was always a shield to my siblings and I, protecting us from the world.

 

“When she died, we all understood that we had to show the world what we were made of. I think she would be proud of every single one of us today.”

 

Obumneme described his late mother as a larger-than-life figure who current leaders need to emulate.

 

“If Nigeria had 10 of her in any government, the country would be on pace with Dubai,” Obumneme asserted.

 

“She displayed an ever present aura of integrity and confidence, with a no nonsense attitude.”

 

Obumneme added that his mother will be remembered as a barometer of what people in public service are capable of.

 

He said people like her bring disruptive change to whatever sector they are placed in.

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