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The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on Nigerians to remember the former Minister of Information, Prof. Dora Akunyili, in their prayers.
He made the call yesterday from India where he had gone to visit the former minister who is undergoing treatment in an India hospital.
Obi, who expressed happiness that Nigerians across ethnic and religious divides are together in wishing Akunyili well, unlike the condemnable practice whereby sicknesses of highly-placed Nigerians are celebrated for what Nigerians think as punishment for their contributions to the nation’s woes, said the gesture explained how dear and beholden she is to Nigerians.
“In spite of the unacceptability of the practice of rejoicing over people’s misfortune, the love, concern and care Nigerians have shown to Dora is a testimony that anybody who serves Nigerians faithfully as Dora has continued to do, will forever be etched in their psyches,” he said.
Obi thanked God for the tremendous improvement on her health and said the reality he saw was a direct opposite of the grim picture some people painted about her condition.
The former governor prayed to God to grant her total healing.
He also thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for directing the Nigerian High Commissioner to visit her in hospital and monitor her condition.
Speaking during the visit and a brief meeting between him, the team of Doctors treating the former minister and her husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili, Obi emphasised the need for Indians to come and set up facilities in Nigeria and for Nigerian doctors to also show commitment to expanding the health facilities in Nigeria through strategy rather than dependency on government.
Dora’s husband, Chike, thanked the doctors for their professionalism and commitment to duty.
He also thanked Nigerians for the outpouring of love and concern and called on them to intensify their prayers for his dear wife, assuring them that God was in control.