By Tobias Lengnan Dapam with agency report
he late former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, yesterday began her final journey to mother earth with a torrent of eulogies from distinguished Nigerians who turned up in large numbers to bid her a final farewell at a special honours and tributes ceremony at the Women Development Centre, Awka, the Anambra state capital.
Delivering his eulogy, former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, described Akunyili as a great woman.
“What is she not? You cannot get a better woman than her. She was a fantastic woman, a fantastic wife, mother and grandmother. I think this nation had one of the greatest gifts of human beings in Dora. Let us rejoice in the life of this great woman. She deserves our prayers and respect, “he observed.
In his remarks, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, described her as a “tower of strengthen.”
“Dora was such an inspiration to many Nigerians that I find it difficult to think of her within the confines of ethnic origin, which is proudly Igbo,” Obiano said.
In his tribute, Late Akunyili’s husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili, said his wife stood for everything Nigerian and thanked Nigerians for their show of love to the family and acknowledgement of his wife’s service to the nation.