Children of the late Dr John Chike Akunyili have revealed that their father had a bullet in the head of the Nigerian civil war before gunfire in Anambra state on Tuesday put his life in danger.
They revealed that the bullet was embedded in the skull as a result of the gunshot wounds he suffered during the war between 1967 and January 1970.
The six children recounted how Chike Akunyili fought in the war, noting that after his experience of violence and death, he became a doctor, saving thousands of lives.
“As a young man, he fought as a soldier in the Biafran War – a war that won him a bullet that has stuck in his skull ever since.
“From that experience of violence and death he became a doctor, saving thousands of lives – a powerful testament to his journey in life,” the children said.
They noted that he had started his healing journey in the North, where he had built and run a mobile clinic, pointing out that perhaps the entire injury in his life had inspired his passion for medicine.
“He was a healer. An avid surgeon, Dr Chike was the medical director of St. Leo Hospital in Enugu. For decades he has served countless people, many of whom have been treated and healed for free. His only request was still that they pay him up front.
“For many months he lived and worked among people, studying and speaking Hausa fluently to better serve his patients. Her commitment to providing health care to this community has earned her the National Youth Service Merit Award, ”the children added in the tribute.
The tribute was signed by; Dr Ijeoma Akunyili, Dr Somto Asuzu, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr and Obumneme Akunyili.
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The last child, Obumneme who saw his father alive and works as the managing director of the Anambra State Project Management and Monitoring Office, told the BBC Pidgin that his father was shot in the face by armed men who opened fire on his vehicle in Nkpor, Anambra. State.
“His driver and a police officer assigned to him also died in the shooting. A cousin survived and is being treated in hospital, ”Obumneme added.