Okonjo-Iweala mourns Akunyili, Ado Bayero

Posted by News Express | 8 June 2014 | 3,704 times

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Coordinating Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has joined in mourning two great Nigerians who died last week – former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, and erstwhile Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

Okonjo-Iweala in separate statements personally signed by her and issued yesterday in Abuja, described Akunyili as “a passionate achiever” and Bayero as “a father to all.”

On Akunyili she wrote: “I learnt of the passing of Dora Nkem Akunyili with great sadness. She was indeed a remarkable personality who served Nigeria with passion and tenacity. Our last exchange over a joint trip to Niger still bespoke of the Dora we know full of life and passion for the causes she believed in.

“We must not forget that Dora was first and foremost a committed wife and mother. My heart goes out to her husband and children.

“Her legacy as DG NAFDAC will continue to inspire for a long time to come. The fact that Nigerians consistently voted NAFDAC under her watch the most admired government agency speaks volumes about her leadership and achievements.

“I pray that the memory of her vibrant life and impressive achievements will comfort her family and friends at this difficult time.”

On Ado Bayero, the minister wrote: “It was with utmost sympathy and deep regret that I learnt of the passing of the highly respected Emir Ado Bayero of Kano. His was indeed a long and glorious reign distinguished by a large hearted and cosmopolitan disposition to his subjects, residents of Kano and all who came his way. His vision was pan-Nigerian and he was a father to all.

“When I had the opportunity to meet him last year at the University of Ibadan, I was struck by his courteousness and accessibility to all.

“May his great soul rest in peace. I pray that the Almighty will comfort his family and the people of Kano as they mourn.”

•Photo shows late Ado Bayero.

Source: News Express

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