Dora Akunyili – An Exceptional Leader Worth Remembering

By The Association toward Credible Leadership in Nigeria (ACLN)

The maxim: “Great leaders don’t school out to be a leader; they merely set out to make a difference”, is germane in describing only few Nigerians likelate Dora Nkem Akuyili (OFR), prior Director General of National Agency because of Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

*Dora Akunyili

It is any other June 7th marking the second year of your famed departure from planet earth, thus the Association of Credible Leadership in Nigeria (ACLN) acknowledges her struggles and made up of many achievements targeted at repositioning Nigeria. Born in Makurdi, Benue State, Akuyili started her educational active life with a distinction in her First School Leaving Certificate at St. Patrick’s Primary School, Isuofia, Anambra State in 1966, and the West African School Certificate (WASC) with Grade I Distinction in 1973 from Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Nsukka, Nigeria.

All through her rush from school days up till the professional even, there have been traces of irregular leadership characters, many of which were eventually seen ~ the agency of a larger population of Nigerians which time she became the DG of NAFDAC in April 2001. For Dora Akuyili, everything she fix herself doing was more than the ROLE, further about the GOAL to achieve.

She was Nigeria’s Honourable Minister of Information and Communications to the time when December 16, 2010, when she meek to further actualise her ambition of decorous the Senator representing Anambra Central in the National Assembly. She is each internationally renowned Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Erudite Scholar, Seasoned Administrator, and a zealot leader. She has gained international avowal and won hundreds of awards instead of her work in pharmacology, public freedom from disease and human rights.

That being related, one would have thought her brilliance and affecting leadership lifestyle would flicker with the calamity from workplace. Instead, Akunyili prepared herself as being the administrative position at NAFDAC ~ the agency of her four years stretch as Zonal Secretary of Petroleum Special Trust Fund (PTF), coordinating total projects in the five south-eastern states of Nigeria (Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States). Recall that while serving at PTF under President Muhammadu Buhari, she took bad and was given a scary diagnosis in a medicinal facility in Nigeria which necessitated her going to the United Kingdom beneficial to treatment.

The PTF gave her the sanatory expenses, but upon arriving in the UK, she was told that she was misdiagnosed and that she would be all right without treatment. Her abnormal virtues were evidenced when she returned to Nigeria and refunded the curative expenses to the agency. Impressive! In the recital of Nigeria, no political office holder has done such neither has anyone spent her record? The late DG of NAFDAC did everything inside her capacity for the good of Nigeria lacking strings attached. Before she became the Minister of Information and Communication, the nature had a very negative perception of Nigeria.

This not rich image was dumped upon Nigeria ~ means of the international community and further affirmed by the bad behaviour of our bargained for politicians, political clergymen and clerics the two within and outside the country. This disheartening comprehension about Nigeria had gone unchallenged in the place of so long that it is source to stick in the consciousness of most people around the world that ut~ Nigerians are criminals or fraudsters, at the same time no one could do anything to employ well the situation.

For this, when she became Minister in 2008, she lamented: “…At airports and other persons places across the globe, whenever the fresh passport is sighted, we were asked to stand out of the true course for special screening. We are not at the very time given the benefit of the entertain ~s. In the highly competitive world in which we live, Nigeria will consider no choice than to present a compelling and coherent image to the world if she wants to have existence taken seriously.”

Thus, on March 17, 2009, she joined President Goodluck Jonathan to launch a national campaign and unveiling of the slogan and logo in Abuja. According to her, “this campaign is in advance of logo and slogan which are meant to be sufficient as drivers. Thus, our hope is that the slogan, Nigeria – Good People, Great Nation, exercise volition help to inspire patriotism in us every part of as we collectively tackle the challenges in opposition .” At this juncture, the ACLNcan boldly set forth Dora Akuyili as an outstanding Nigerian whose records of excellent public service will for long be remembered as against our current desire infrastructure public office holders, whose unalloyed public work has little credit ~ the sake of the good of the general persons.

Akuyili was never hunted by anti-in~ agencies, neither was she accused through any segment of the country because of being politically, religiously or even tribally biased. Her duties targeted the general wellness of Nigerians. She neither led a flambouyantly lifestyle nor set rendering eye service. For Akuyili, it was always Nigeria earliest. Her virtues as a leader are excellent of emulation for every public service holder in Nigeria, Africa and the plenary world. In some other parts of the nature, People like her are put without interrupti~ stamps and on statues at different public places where the younger generations who were any one too young to see her lively works or the generation yet future as at that time, can visit to be encouraged to lead selfless lifestyles.

She saved lives and she instituted a classification that is still saving lives. Akuyili is a superior per excellence. On this day, June 7, the ACLN make acquainted young Nigerians to follow in the side of Akuyili for the high understanding of responsibility and how she helped to hold the lives of Nigerians fighting killer diseases like malaria and tuberculosis with little more than sugar syrup and chalk tablets, cynically packaged to mien like the real thing. Dora Akuyili, we believe in the Nigeria you foresaw and inclination continue to hoist the flag of Nigeria in a incontrovertible light across the globe because we confident in selfless leaders like you. Live On Akuyili!  

*Association during the term of Credible Leadership in Nigeria (ACLN) is a non-utility organization, headquartered in New Jersey; United States. ACLN was born away of the dearth of credible visionaries and selfless leaders in our at a high price nation Nigeria.

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