Chidiogo, one of the children of the late former Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Dora Akunyili, has described the final moments she spent with her mother.
The Economics and International Relations graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, United States, in a tribute to her mother said she was happy to have spent some quality time with her mum last week before her death.
Chidiogo said during their discussion, she seized the moment to appreciate her mother for being an inspiration to her and her siblings.
Writing on Facebook, Chidiogo added that while she was with her ailing mother, she comforted her and informed her of how she had impacted the lives of many Nigerians.
She wrote, “To many, she was an icon, to others, she was an inspiration, to me, she was my mother and all of the above. What I told her just last week stays with me, ‘I am your daughter, and you raised me, you have been in the midst of everything, mummy and that is the strength that is now mine and all of us your children.
“‘It is also the strength of a whole nation; you touched so many lives, and that is a blessing that must not be taken lightly.’”
Chidiogo thanked her friends and Nigerians for extending condolences to her family as she also offered prayers for the repose of the deceased.
“Thank you all my dear friends from the bottom of my heart for your kind words. Mummy, may your soul rest in eternal peace, one with God, who you loved and served above all else,” she added.