Dora Akunyili yesterday Tuesday 24th March 2014 sparked major concern and discussion, when a photo of her frail appearance surfaced online.
The former Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control of Nigeria (NAFDAC) and ex Nigerian Minister of Information and Communications, later took to her Facebook page to speak on the viral topic.
“My attention has been drawn to a story making the rounds online claiming that I am seriously sick, currently out of the country and in need of urgent prayers”, she said in the post titled – “I am Well, Fit and Ready for the National Conference.”
Akunyili goes on to clarify false reports that she is in critical condition –
“This story is baseless, unfounded and the handiwork of mischief makers. It should be ignored and discarded in its entirety. As every informed Nigerian knows, I am a Delegate to the National Conference currently holding in Abuja. I was duly accredited as a Delegate and I am currently in attendance at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, venue of the conference.”
But she did reveal that she just recovered from a “major sickness” (Sahara Reporters claims that she had cancer and was receiveing treatment in the United States) –
“While it is true that I recently came out of a major sickness, for which I thank Almighty God for delivering me, I have since been declared fit by my doctors and returned to my normal activities. I shed much weight in the course of the sickness – which is normal – but I am well now and only need time to re-grow some flesh. There is nothing to worry about either my health or my present stature.” she concluded.