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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Akunyili for burial August 28

The family of former Minister of Information and Communications, late Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili, has released a week-long programme of activities for her funeral, culminating in her burial on August 28, 2014.

The programme, released on Thursday in Enugu by Prof. Akunyili’s husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili, starts with a Christian Wake-Keep at 2A, Bishop Onyeabor Street, G.R.A. Enugu from 4pm on August 22.

A Night of Tributes is to hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja from 5pm on August 25, while a Mass would be held for her at Pro-Cathedral Catholic Church, Abuja by 10am on August 26.
After the Church Service, Akunyili’s body would leave for Enugu, where there would be a Mass at KSJ Temple at 4pm.

After a High Requiem Mass at Holy Ghost Cathedral Enugu at 9am on August 27, Akunyili’s body would be taken to UNCOMA Hall, College of Medicine, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu, for Final College Assembly to start from 11:30am.

From there, the body would be taken to Awka for Anambra State Government activities, then to her father’s house in Nanka, before being returned to her husband’s house at Agulu for a Vigil Mass/Wake-Keep.

On August 28, Akunyili’s body would lie in state at John Chike Akunyili’s Compound before leaving for Agulu Town Hall, then Madonna Catholic Church Agulu for a Requiem Mass to hold by 10am.
Interment at John Chike Akunyili’s Compound follows at 1:30pm.

Dr. Akunyili in the statement expressed gratitude to Nigerians for their outpouring of love and support for his family at this moment of grief.

“This has gone a great way in helping us to cope with the monumental loss of our precious gem, my beloved wife, Dora,” he said.

It would be recalled that Prof. Akunyili, a former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, died on June 7 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Akunyili, who was a delegate to the National Conference in Abuja, would have turned 60 on July 14, 2014.
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