Dr. John Chike Akunyili, husband of the late Prof. Dora Akunyili, former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC) was brutally murdered on Tuesday in Anambra State by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.
His assassination highlights the disturbing mayhem being wreaked in Nigeria’s Southeast region by misguided youths and cum criminals.
PUNCH NEWS has compiled eight facts about Chike Akunyili. Consider the following:
He married Dora Nkem Akunyili, with whom he had six children and several grandchildren, many years ago. Ijeoma, Edozie, Somto, Njideka, Chidiogo, and Obumneme are their children.
He is a doctor.
He provided financial support for his wife’s pharmacology studies.
Chike Akunyili accompanied Dora to India for endometrial carcinoma treatment, a disease that tragically claimed her life in 2014 at the age of 59.
The Akunyili family won an American lottery many years ago and received a US Green Card; however, according to Chike Akunyili, officials in that country wanted to make his wife a citizen, but she “vehemently refused, insisting that nothing would ever take her permanently out of her home country.”
Mr. Akunyili ran St Leo’s Hospital, one of the largest in Enugu State, until his assassination.
He is reported to have graduated with honours.
He is charitable.
As of the time of publication of this report, the police had not issued an official statement regarding Chike Akunyili’s murder.