Children of murdered Dr Chike Akunyili have penned an emotional message over the homicide of their father in Anambra on Wednesday.
The kids described the homicide as “brutal and senseless” revealing that “he was on his way from a memorial lecture in honor of his late wife, who he cherished and honoured even in death.”
The assertion signed by Dr Ijeoma Akunyili, Dr Edozie Akunyili, Dr Somto Asuzu, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr, and Obumneme Akunyili said that ” He was a son — as a younger man, he fought as a soldier within the Biafra battle. A battle that earned him a bullet that stayed lodged in his cranium ever since. From this expertise of violence and demise, he went on to turn into a health care provider saving hundreds of lives — a robust testomony to his journey by life.”
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Dr Chike Akunyili’s kids write:
Death in any state of affairs is painful, however when it’s as brutal and mindless as homicide, our hearts break twice.
As a nation mourns a person recognized to many because the husband of late Professor Dora Akunyili, we as a household keep in mind the person we name Daddy.
He was a son — as a younger man, he fought as a soldier within the Biafra battle. A battle that earned him a bullet that stayed lodged in his cranium ever since. From this expertise of violence and demise, he went on to turn into a health care provider saving hundreds of lives — a robust testomony to his journey by life.
He was a loving husband. It is not any shock that, on the day of his premature demise, he was on his means from a memorial lecture in honor of his late spouse, who he cherished and honoured even in demise. At this occasion and at all times, he invited everybody to be like his spouse Dora.
He was a father and grandfather. With pleasure, he would share that he was a grandfather to 9 grandchildren. He welcomed his youngest grandchild just a bit over a month in the past and had but to fulfill her. Ask any of the grandchildren about Grandpa, and they’re going to inform you tales of affection and assist, be it his lengthy textual content to his oldest granddaughter on the victory of Kamala Harris inviting her to notice the inspiration for herself or chatting with his namesake and grandson Chike, reminding him of his personal limitless potential.
He was an older brother to all his siblings, a lot of whom name him Daddy in reverence and recognition of his love.
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He was a healer. A passionate surgeon, Dr Chike was the Medical Director at St. Leo’s Hospital in Enugu. For a long time he served numerous individuals, a lot of whom he cared for and healed for free of charge. His one request was at all times that they paid it ahead.
He began his therapeutic journey within the north the place he constructed and ran a cellular clinic in Jaban Kogo. For many months, he lived and labored among the many individuals, learning and turning into fluent in Hausa to higher serve his sufferers. His dedication to offering healthcare to that neighborhood earned him the National Youth Service Merit Award.
He was a philanthropist. For 45 years he handled clergymen in Bigard Memorial Seminary and past without cost, trusting this to be his calling.
He was a Papal Knight of Saint John, a title bestowed by the Vatican in recognition of his dedication and repair to the Church.
He was a person of the individuals, cherished by many for his knowledge and for his braveness to at all times communicate the reality. His counsel was sought far and extensive.
He is remembered for his capacity to carry an viewers captive together with his phrases and tales. To hear him communicate in Igbo was to be blessed by the knowledge of infinite proverbs.
He was an atypical man who, on daily basis, confirmed his extraordinary dedication to his neighborhood and his individuals by his capacity to assist individuals in want with out query.
In his last days, his coronary heart was heavy in regards to the state of issues in Nigeria. He lamented in regards to the struggles of individuals unable to pay for therapy anymore and in regards to the unlucky state of unrest the place human life had misplaced its worth.
His hope echoed that of his beloved spouse and our mom, that Nigeria would possibly lean on the forces of unity and shun disunity. That we’d do the proper factor, trusting that our potential lies within the goodness of the individuals and the greatness of the nation.
What occurs if we transfer nearer to those beliefs?
His homicide and demise go away a spot that sorrow can not fill.
May it not be in useless.
Dr Ijeoma Akunyili,
Dr Edozie Akunyili,
Dr Somto Asuzu,
Njideka Akunyili Crosby,
Vanguard News Nigeria