I spoke to him a day before another human willfully took his life – Chidiogo Akunyili Parr mourns her father who was brutally murdered in Anambra

Chidiogo Akunyili Parr is mourning her father, Dr.Chike Akunyili, who was brutally murdered by unknown gunmen in Anambra State.

Chike, the widower of late former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Dora Akunyili, was shot dead alongside his police escort and driver, at Afor Nkpor in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.

Taking to her social media accounts on Thursday, September 30, the mother of one revealed that she had spoken to her father a day before his gruesome murder.

According to Chidiogo, her father was well aware of the worsening insecurity in the country and rarely went out anymore.

“Ubuntu – ‘I am because we are’. If this holds true, then the man who pulled the trigger twice is because we are — his anger, the injustice of his action, and his violence are because it is mirrored in the world around him. If ‘I am because we are’, then my father’s pain gasping for breath in his last moments is because we as a nation are in pain,” she wrote.

“I spoke to him on Monday, just a day before another human willfully took his life. We couldn’t have known it would be the last. We spoke about my mother, about the award being bestowed upon her the next day and how it was a birthday present from her to me.

He asked after his newest grandchild who he had given the name Mmesomma — ‘the one who does only beautiful things’. And above all, he bemoaned the state of things in the country. As a surgeon, always frontline with the people’s suffering, he shared just how visible the current hardships were.

Patients, he said, were no longer able to pay for care. It didn’t help, he added, that no one was safe. I asked him if he was being careful and he assured me that he was, going on to add that he never went out anymore and was sure to be home by 6. Convinced, I reminded him to be even more careful and to take care of himself.


“If Ubuntu holds true, that he is — a son, a beloved father, a loving grandfather, a healer, a Papal knight, Agbalanze of Agulu, a friend, a brother, and so much more — then this is an invitation for us to find the good in is us. We can choose a different path… this current one leads to more senseless death and pain for one too many.


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