Obi says beyond coming from the same town, that Akunyili’s life of service to humanity compelled his closeness to him even at death.
By Valentine Amanze
The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria’s last general election, Mr. Peter Obi, has commended the contribution of the late Dr Chike Akunyili, to the development of the society, describing him as a man consumed by the product of bad system.
Obi spoke in his hometown, Agulu, after the burial of Akunyili at the weekend.
Explaining his active participation during the burial, Obi said that beyond coming from the same town, that Akunyili’s life of service to humanity compelled his closeness to him even at death.
Obi said that he loved celebrating such lives as model of emulation at all times.
“He was a medical doctor, who used the practice of medicine to better the lives of the people. I am touched by some of the things he did, example; rendering free medical services to many institutions while he was alive.
“He also built one of the biggest hospitals in the South-East and contributed to healthcare delivery in the country. I am also aware that he sat on the board of many hospitals owned by voluntary agencies and rendered services to them gratis. You can see I am propelled more by the worth of the man; what he did for the society and not so much by where he came from,” Obi said.
Besides, one of the late Akunyili’s sons, Obum, had said that the painful circumstances surrounding their father’s death would not stop them from celebrating the beautiful legacies he left behind.
He thanked Obi for his strong interventions and support, while recalling how the former governor of Anambra State flew in immediately from Lagos when his father died; how he went with him to pick his late father’s remains, spent the whole day with him at the morgue and ensured that his father’s corpse was deposited at a proper mortuary and well-taken care of.