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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Gunmen Kill Late Dora Akunyili's Husband, Chike

                         •Dr. Chike

The Daily Crucible | Published Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Dr Chike Akunyili, the husband of late Professor Dora Akunyili has been murdered by gunmen.

Dr Chike Akunyili was killed  late night of Tuesday by unknown gunmen on his way back from his wife's memorial lecture, throwing his people in Anambra State into a spell of shock, a source said.

 The source added that the deceased was still at the University of Nigeria Nsukka Alumni Association (UNAA) where the late Dora was honoured some hours before he was cut down gruesomely.

The source said: “God, pls render the devil and his agents powerless and useless.

“I was with this man yesterday same yesterday at Sharon Hall, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha. It was an occasion of University of Nigeria Nsukka Alumni Association (UNAA), Onitsha branch event where they honoured late Dora Akunyili.

“He spoke glowingly about Dora and made a donation of 500k to the association. He was there with his son ,Obum now working with Anambra state government.

“We saw them off to the car and it was emotional when Obum hugged him tight as both of them separated to join their respective vehicles.

“Obum was in a white Hilux while the man was in a big Jeep (i think Prado). God have mercy!”

However, some people of Igbo extraction have without evidence yet, started taking to the social media to accuse some elements within the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafran( IPOB) and it's armed unit, Eastern Security Network (ESN) of being responsible for the dastardly act.
       •Late Chike & Dora Akunyili

IPOB/ESN, a separatist group had been accused of levying violence on residents of the five Southeast States for the better part of this year, including slamming Monday sit - at - home directive on them, in protest against the continued detention of the group's leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by the Department of State Security (DSS).

Earlier on Monday, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, called on the IPOB/ESN and other secessionist agitators in the South-East region to end the reign of “anarchy” in the land and take the path of dialogue to pursue their agenda.

The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor, gave the advice on the occasion of the annual celebration of Igbo Day, appealing for a return to normalcy in the geopolitical zone.

Obiozor urged IPOB leaders to take note of the danger violence has posed in Igboland, adding that Igboland “must avoid being a race that has voluntarily chosen to perish in violence and insecurity”.

He said what is happening in the five States of Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi States — is not liberation but destruction and devastation.

Obiozor stated this in a statement titled, ‘Stop Anarchy In Igbo Land, Go For Dialogue’, made available to newsmen  by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia.

Obiozor said, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, traditional rulers and stakeholders call for an end towards anarchy in Igbo land.

“Our youths particularly the leaders of IPOB, should take notice of the danger violence has posed in Igbo land,” he said, adding that Ndigbo “must avoid being a race that has voluntarily chosen to perish in violence and insecurity, and we must stop threatening ourselves and there must be a stop to violence and violence rhetoric. Something other than the initial objectives of IPOB is taking place and it is dangerous.

“Today, what we are seeing in Igbo land is not liberation but Ala Igbo destruction and devastation. It is a national tragedy for Igbos. The liberty and freedom of Ndigbo are threatened internally and externally. I call on IPOB leaders to reassert the authority and control of the organization,” the Ohanaeza President-General said.

Continuing, Obiozor urged the secessionist agitators to embrace dialogue and eschew violence.

He said, “We repeat our preference for dialogue instead of violence or military solutions to national problems. The dialogue should not be delayed further.

“For Ndigbo, the demand is simple, that the Nigerian Federation should be sustained and have a sense of stability; it must be a union of equals and the composite units must have the ability to survive without begging the centre.

“We must tell ourselves the truth or keep deceiving ourselves by ignoring the calls for decentralization and devolution of power in Nigeria. Ironically, in history, societies where truth comes last, tragedy comes first. We must learn the lessons of history, particularly our own Nigerian history on how the story began. Nigeria must avoid being a failed state.”

IPOB had pronounced a number of sit-at-home orders in the South-East since the beginning of August, threatening hell and demanding the release of its embattled leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services since June 2021, and his in court for terrorism-related charges.

Many deaths and other casualties have been recorded during the sit-at-home days which have paralysed economic activities in the region in the last eight weeks.

Also, scores of police stations, offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission and other government facilities have been razed by hoodlums suspected to be IPOB members in the last few months.

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