Akunyili’s murder signals trouble for our society – Peter Obi

Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Former vice-presidential candidate Peter Obi has described Tuesday’s killing of Dr. Chike Akunyili and seven others as a sad development for the country.

Akunyili was shot dead at Nkpor, Anambra State while on his way to Enugu after attending a lecture in honour of his late wife Dr Dora Akunyili.

“It is a sad situation and nobody can tell the reason our society degenerated to this level,” Mr Obi said on Wednesday at the palace of the traditional ruler of Agulu Community, Igwe Innocent Obodoakor.

Obi warned that the development portends grave danger if not urgently arrested.

“The only solution to this problem is a collective attention between the people and government,” he said.

Obi added that he had spoken with late Akunyili’s child abroad and other members of his immediate family.

The former governor of Anambra thanked the police for taking the bodies of the deceased to the hospital after the attack.

Obodoakor also reacted to the incident, describing it as “a heartless and very condemnable act.”

He further described the deceased as “a peace-loving man and a great son of Agulu community who could not hurt anybody.”

“This is very terrible news and I never believed that this type of thing will take place in this state,” said the monarch.

The royal father recalled that the community had experienced the death of many people.

He cited the untimely death of Dora Akunyili and regretted that their children had been deprived of their parents’ physical presence.

The two leaders appealed to security agencies in the country to help uncover those behind the dastardly act.