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General News of Tuesday, 23 August 2022


'My Nigerian hero' - Chimamanda Adichie's glowing tribute to the late Dora Akunyili at the NBA Conference

A collage of Award-winning writer, Chimamanda Adichie and the late Dora Akunyili A collage of Award-winning writer, Chimamanda Adichie and the late Dora Akunyili

Award-winning writer, Chimamanda Adichie has described the late Dora Akunyili, former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as her "Nigerian hero".

The novelist paid a glowing tribute to Akunyili as the keynote speaker at the ongoing Nigerian Bar Association’s annual general conference in Lagos on Monday, August 22.

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

At an event that was attended by some of the country's top political figures including the Labour Party’s Peter Obi and the Peoples Democratic Party’s Atiku Abubakar, Chimamanda said the late NAFDAC boss saved so many Nigerian lives through her fight against the importation of fake drugs into the country.

"We are starved of heroes in this country. So many young people are hungry for figures that they can look up to. An example of integrity, one of my Nigerian hero is Doctor Dora Akunyili, the late former Director General of NAFDAC who was also considered troublesome."

"Troublesome meant that she among other things fought the importation of fake drugs into Nigeria. That she tackled the sub-standard status will of the food and drugs industries and by so doing, she saved and changed many Nigerian lives," she said.

She further urged the Nigerian Bar Association to live up to its duty of holding duty bearers accountable for their deeds.

Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar has said that every negative thing now happens in the Nigeria of today.

Atiku said since 1999, Nigeria had never experienced this level of poverty, insecurity and unemployment.

The former Vice President stated this at the ongoing 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association in Lagos.

Atiku said, “Since the return of democracy in 1998/99, Nigeria has never found itself in such a very very critical point in our history.

“Today, we have had all the negative indices. Today, we are all disunited in the nation. We have never experienced this level of poverty. We have never experienced this state of insecurity. We have never experienced this level of unemployment. We have recognised all these negative development in our history. ”

The 2022 NBA Annual General Conference, with the theme “Bold Transitions”, is being held at the Eko Atlantic City until August 26.


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