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Profile of Late Dr. Chike Akunyili Who Was Killed By Unknown Gunmen

Dr. Chike Akunyili Profile

Dr. John Chike Akunyili, husband of Prof. Dora Akunyili, former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), was assassinated by unidentified gunmen in Anambra State on Tuesday.

His assassination highlights the disturbing mayhem perpetrated by misguided youths and thugs in Nigeria’s Southeast region.

Here is the profile of the popular doctor and some lesser known facts about him.

Dr. Chike Akunyili Profile

  1. 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.
  2. He is a doctor.
  3. He provided financial support for his wife’s pharmacology studies.
  4. Chike Akunyili accompanied Dora to India for endometrial carcinoma treatment, a disease that tragically claimed her life in 2014 at the age of 59.
  5.  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.”
  6. Mr. Akunyili ran St Leo’s Hospital, one of the largest in Enugu State, until his assassination.
  7. He is reported to have graduated with honours.
  8. He is charitable.

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