A former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, has denied reports that she is critically ill of an unknown life-threatening ailment, which has kept her bedridden abroad.
In a post she made on her Facebook page on Tuesday, Akunyili, who was nominated to represent Anambra State at the ongoing National Conference in Abuja, said she had since recovered from her illness and had been declared fit for the conference by her doctors.
She, however, did not disclose what kind of illness that befell her, but she admitted that it made her “shed much weight,” but she needed to “regrow.”
In the post, which was titled, “I am well, fit and ready for the National Conference,” the former minister said the claims of his persisting ailment were baseless and unfounded and attributed them to mischief makers.
The full post reads, “My Dear Friends, my attention has been drawn to a story making the rounds online, claiming that I am seriously sick, currently out of the country and in need of urgent prayers.
“This story is baseless, unfounded and the handiwork of mischief makers. It should be ignored and discarded in its entirety.
“As every informed Nigerian knows, I am a delegate to the National Conference currently holding in Abuja. I was duly accredited as a delegate and I am currently in attendance at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, venue of the conference.
“While it is true that I recently came out of a major sickness, for which I thank Almighty God for delivering me, I have since been declared fit by my doctors and returned to my normal activities. I shed much weight in the course of the sickness – which is normal – but I am well now and only need time to re-grow some flesh.
“There is nothing to worry about either my health or my present stature. I know that God has kept me alive for a purpose, this National Conference being part of that purpose.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I am well now, fit, strong enough and ready for this all-important National Conference and I look forward to collaborating with other delegates to chart the way for a better Nigeria.
“I thank all my friends for their love and prayers. May Almighty God bless and reward you.”