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Thursday, 8 June 2017

A Minute Silence For Dora Akunyili & Sani Abacha (Remembrance)

It is indeed a moment of reflections for late Nigerian icons, Dora Akunyili and Sani Abacha. Akunyili died on June 7, 2014 while Abacha died on June 8, 1998. As a true Nigerian, please 'pause' reading and kindly observe at least a minute silence for these two icons right now.
If you've done so, continue reading.

Akunyili worked as the Minister of Information and Communication between 2008- 2010 where she anchored the Re-branding Nigeria Project. Dora Akunyili, during her life time had the highest number of awards received by any Nigerian living or dead. She served as director general of National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) from 2001-2008 where she recorded outstanding successes. She obtained her first degree in Pharmacology in 1978 and got her Ph.D in 1985 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The late and beloved Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili (OFR) was born in on July 14, 1954 to Chief and Mrs. Paul Young Edemobi. She was blessed with six children and three grandchildren. Akunyili died in India on June 7, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.

While Sani Abacha was chief of army staff, and minister of defence under the Babangida regime, Abacha was the first nigerian officer to attain the rank of a general without skipping a single rank. The stage was set for Abacha to reach the very top, and he finally seized power from the interim government in 17th November 1993. The sani abacha regime had some successes of note. The regime robustly supported ECOWAS by supplying Nigerian soldiers for ECOMOG duties to help restore democracy in Liberia and Sierra leone. Nigeria's foreign reserve greatly increase, and a drop in our debt profile amongst others.

In 1998, Abacha planned on transiting to democratic governance...with all the five political parties endorsing him as their candidate. In June 8th 1998, General abacha suddenly died of cardiac arrest at the Aso rock villa and was buried same day according to Islamic rites. Some parts of nigeria celebrated his demise, and saw it as a huge relief.
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QUESTIONS:
1. What do you remember Akunyili and Abacha for?
2. Was Abacha a Hero or a Villain?
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FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Izirigah Nwafor

Dora fought for Nigeria Abacha fought for his family

Izirigah Nwafor

may their soul rest in peace

Johnson Ahile

RIP TO THEM

Olajide Olushola

Abacha da dictator

Izirigah Nwafor

olajide. true talk

Adisa Aladejobi Thompson

Dora made a landmark in Nigeria's health sector. Rip to her

Kehinde Adenike

Every time I remembered how Dora saved us from people who gain from fake drugs, I thank God for blessing our generation with this woman. She opened our eyes to checking for nafdac no in anything we want to buy, may the good Lord continue to rest her soul in peace

Kehinde Adenike

For Abacha, there is nothing anyone could do to the dead, but still may his soul too rest in peace

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