Nigeria Mourns two Eminent Citizens: The Emir of Kano and professor Dora Akunyili

9 June 2014 Over the course of the weekend, Nigeria said goodbye to 2 eminent citizens who had served the nation tirelessly in their different capacities., Alhaji Ado Bayero had been Emir of Kano since 1965 and was widely recognized as a Father to Northern Nigeria. Professor Dora Akunyili etched her name in gold when, as Director General of NAFDAC she successfully restructured the organization and ended the menace of fake drugs.

As the news filtered through, hundreds of citizens took to social media to share tributes to both leaders.

@ESHA300G said To the late Emir, Kano will never be the same without you……RIP your Highness Ado Bayero.

@chukudebelu tweeted Ado Bayero was Emir of Kano from 1965 to 2014. His reign saw peace & violence – let historians debate his legacy.

@dawisu shared the heartrending tribute I have never loved a leader like I’ve loved my Emir. We will never have a leader like Ado Bayero. My heart bleeds!

And former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar said The Emir of Kano was like a father. I will miss his exceptional wisdom. May he rest in peace.

For Professor Akunyili, Coordinating Minister of the Economy Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala tweeted “Great sadness at the news of Dora Akunyili’s death. She was full of life and passion for causes she believed in. Sleep peacefully, my sister.

Legislator Abike Dabiri said A great female icon will be dearly missed. RIP Dora Akunyili. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

@StanVito: Dora Akunyili deserves monuments named after her. Her face should be on our currency. She should be our public service standard.

@omojuwa said Rest In Peace Professor Dora Akunyili. Out of many, she was one extraordinary act of bravery and outstanding character

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