The dead are either mourned or celebrated, depending on the age at which they passed. But the burial of the sister of incumbent minister of information, Dora Akunyili was almost marred by hooligans alleged to have been sent by the former governor of Central Bank, Prof Charles Soludo, who is married to Prof. Akuyili`s younger sister. According to Dora Akunyili; â€œProf. Soludo has singled her out as the source of his failure to win the Anambra gubernatorial election, and he convinced her sister to believe that she was the cause of his failure.
Hear her: â€œI came down to my village to join my family, relations and well wishers to pay my last respect to my late sister Gloria but unknown to me, my family and invited guests, a large number of thugs loyal to Prof. Charles Soludo were carefully organized to disrupt my participation in my sisterâ€™s burial ceremonyâ€.
â€œ I have never seen the number of thugs I saw on Friday in any event. The thugs were also instructed to embarrass my invited guests. As you may be aware, Prof. Charles Soludo is marrying my late elder sisterâ€™s daughter Nonyeâ€. â€œSo we are in-laws, but since he lost the last gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Prof. Soludo has singled me out as the source of his failure to win the election, and he convinced my sister to believe that I was the cause of his failure. All efforts by people to make him understand that I alone cannot make him Governor have failedâ€. â€œSo he brought that anger, grudge and frustration to the burial of his mother in-law who is also my elder sister. All arrangements made by me and my other siblings to receive guests at Isuofia, where my late sister was residing (which is also Soludoâ€™s village) were vandalized by Soludoâ€™s hired thugs. They followed this up with text messages of blackmail to my guests, friends and well wishersâ€.
â€œWhen the environment in Isuofia became too insecure, tense and hostile, I quietly relocated to my fatherâ€™s compound at Nanka which is few kilometres away just to avoid trouble. But Soludoâ€™s thugs also trailed us to my own village Nanka to commence trouble but the security agents quietly dismissed themâ€.
â€œI want to remark that my late sister Gloria was a very peaceful, Godly and well brought up woman. While she was alive, I enjoyed her love and friendship as a sister no matter what Soludo and his hired thugs think. Because of this, even in death, I will do nothing to dishonour her because what Soludo and his thugs has done is to dishonour her but God has taken controlâ€.
â€œ I therefore wish to thank all my invited guest for their understanding and the church for their prayers”.
Nevertheless, sources who claim to be familiar with the family melodrama labeled Prof. Dora Akunyili a liar; and asked, who does not know that her nephews and nieces actually banned her from attending their mother’s burial?
Who in Nanka does not know that she has not been in talking terms with her sister (even when she was sick) for the past five years before Soludo contemplated contesting the Anambra elections?
Continuing, the source said, â€œSee who is managing Nigeria’s image. She is not even ashamed releasing that self-indicting statement. Dora is a fraud of the highest orderâ€.