Presidency denies alleged plans to name UI after Akunyili

The Presidency has denied media reports alleging that there are plans by the Federal Government to name the University of Ibadan after former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyil, who passed away on Saturday at an Indian hospital.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, on his Twitter handle, tweeted that nobody ever said President Goodluck Jonathan was considering naming the university after the deceased.

He urged members of the public to ignore what he described as “fake news”.

The presidential spokesman said the President stood by an official condolence statement released by the government shortly after Akunyili’s death on Saturday.

Abati wrote, “Nobody ever said Mr. President is considering naming University of Ibadan after Late Professor Dora Akunyili. Please ignore fake news.

“On Dora Akunyili, there is an official statement conveying President Jonathan’s heartfelt condolences. We stand by that statement.”

Akunyili was also a former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.




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