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Dora Akunyili Quits Cabinet

By huhuonline.com

Prof. Dorothy Nkem Akunyili a.k.a 'Dora', today, resigned her position as minister of information and culture of the federal republic of Nigeria. Huhuonline.com understands that the former minister`s resignation, which takes effect tomorrow, is to enable her prepare for the 2011 senatorial race, in her home State, Anambra.  

In her words, 'I wish to humbly inform Council that I am resigning from the Cabinet with effect from tomorrow, 16th December, 2010'.  

'I have come to the conclusion that it is indeed a defining moment in my life when I should make the sacrifice of leaving a comfortable place to go to a difficult terrain in order to build a better place for our children'.  

" I have, therefore, decided to join my Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who is doing a great job in continuing to build Anambra State as an APGA Senator'.  

Mr. Labaran Makum, former Minister of State for Information and culture, has been appointed as her replacement, by President Jonathan.

Prof Akinyuli`s farewell address to the Federal Executive Council(FEC), reads:  

'Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, and esteemed colleagues with whom I have formed a family — some of you for the past two years and others for a lesser period of time'.   

'I wish to humbly inform Council that I am resigning from the Cabinet with effect from tomorrow, 16th December, 2010'.  

'Today is therefore a very emotional day for me in Council. This is because I have been so closely bonded to most of you that my departure is like leaving a family. My heart is so heavy because in this Council, I have found comfort and friendship'.     'However, having reflected over the years about events in Nigeria and in particular my state, Anambra, I have come to the conclusion that it is indeed a defining moment in my life when I should make the sacrifice of leaving a comfortable place to go to a difficult terrain in order to build a better place for our children'.  

  " I have, therefore, decided to join my Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who is doing a great job in continuing to build Anambra State as an APGA Senator'.  

  'In this regard, I intend to pick the nomination form today to run for the office of Senator Representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly'.  

  'As I take this step, I solicit for your prayers and other forms of support. I am making this request because you are my people and my immediate constituency'.    

  'Yes, my colleagues in the pharmaceutical industry are still my people but I have virtually exhausted my goodwill with them in the service of our dear Country, especially in support of the Re-branding Nigeria project'.  

  'Many drug manufacturing companies spent over N10 million for the Re-branding Nigeria materials because they desperately wanted me to succeed. Therefore, it is you and only you that I can now run to for support'.  

  'Please, I plead with each and every one of you to sow a seed to my political career, you will never regret it'.  

  'In the words of President Jonathan, I will never let you down. Yes, I will be in the senate by the grace of God for my constituency and for the nation but you can be sure that I will also be there for you'.  

  'Mr. President, I am deeply grateful to you for giving me the opportunity to serve our dear Country as Minister of Information and Communications'.  

  'I am equally grateful for the co-operation which you, the VP and my Cabinet colleagues extended to me in the course of my duties, without which I would not have succeeded'.  

  'Mr. President, I will never forget the encouragement you gave me through phone calls, text messages, etc. when I was in NAFDAC during that fight for life'.  

  'Mr. Vice President, you always call me your sister; please continue to call me your sister'.  

 

'I wish Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, and other Council members who may wish to contest in the 2011 elections success in this regard. I pray that this Council succeeds to the end and that many of you continue as Council members after May 2011'.    

'I leave you with love and fond memories".  

  'Thank you and God bless you all'.  

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Ego Eric-Uchendu | 12/17/2010 3:09:00 AM
Dr. (Mrs.) Dora Akunyili, you are indeed "one in a million!!!" I read your resignation note with tears in my eyes because your loyalty and degree of SELFLESSNESS is AMAZING. Ever since your appointment with NAFDAC brought you to the limelight, you have never let us down, instead you have displayed unrivalled commitment and bravery even at the face of death. Dora, be rest assured that God will give you that position as our Senator and He will also preserve your life for your family and us too. I am personally praying for you even though we don,t know each other and we may never meet. I wish you the best in your political career. God bless you real good!