Dora, No Amount Of Darkness Can Overpower The Candle You Lit
Late Prof. Dora Akunyili needs no introduction in modern Nigeria. Her life was an epitome of service, dedication, courage and selflessness in the pursuit of her celebrated career.
Dora, who was a NAFDAC DG and Minister of Information,died June 7th 2014.
However, her exit hasn’t quenched the wonderful memories she left behind and till date, especially in political discourses where she last bestrode like a colossus, Mrs Dora Akunyili remains the poster child for integrity and professionalism.
To remember this great woman who lived a life of purpose and was crowned a reformer, we bring to you extract from the tribute her husband, Dr Chike Akunyili, through her Facebook page on behalf of himself and their children when she took a bow as published by nigerianmonitor.com
You had eagerly looked forward to this day
But, alas! you never lived to see it.
We deeply love you, Mummy
It was our wish never to let you go
But when death comes, what can we do than to submit to the will of the Almighty?
We very sincerely admire the decent character in you and those dreams of a golden future for Nigeria
For which you were ever ready to sacrifice your life during your days as NAFDAC DG
Without good people in politics, good leadership will remain elusive
Thus your hunger to make Nigeria a great brand via “Good People, Great Nation”.
Your life was an enduring legacy of truth, courage, integrity, love of your country, pursuit of excellence, love of your family and friends, and total devotion to God.
Your commitment to any undertaking attained force and vigor that will surely travel through the centuries.
You never held back whatever you could do for the common good.
Your numerous good deeds, infectious smiles, peaceful but firm nature, steely personality and motherly love are all unforgettable.
No amount of darkness can overpower the candle you lit and raised high for all to see.
In pain the children and I accept your exit.
He who is love hath called thee home
And bade thee thy labour cease.
Thou art safe in His eternal love and never ending peace.
Dora, lay down thy head on thy Saviour’s breast (as you usually did on mine whenever you were extremely tired).
Nigerians all eulogise you and appreciate the numerous trees you planted for future generations to enjoy.
WE LOVE YOU DEARLY BUT GOD LOVES YOU MORE
SLEEP PEACEFULLY IN HIS BOSSOM.
PEACE, PERFECT PEACE, DORA THE AMAZON.
From Your darling Husband Chike Akunyili
And our gems: