Honourable Obumnaeme Akunyili, the son of late former NAFDAC boss, Dora Akunyili, has revealed that her mother visited several pastors including Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God to seek healing when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.
Hon. Obumnaeme Akunyili, who is the Director-General at Anambra State Project Monitoring and Management Office, said that most of the pastors his mother visited used the opportunity to “milk” her while giving her false hope.
In his words:
I saw the hustle. I feel like, how you tell your friend when there’s a job, I feel when there’s a public figure, all these pastors, their friends are like, ‘there’s this woman that is dying, we need to go and milk that puppy’. So, I felt it was a racket. In Nigeria, we don’t call it crime or anything, but I felt there was a hustle. She went to, is it Pastor Adeboye’s place in Lagos for like a week? The whole shebang. She came back and said they need to do a scan and that God has healed her.
And I remember my father was crying when he was taking her to do the scan. He knew what they would see. And he wasn’t trying to shut it down, he was trying to dampen expectations. But my mum, you know how someone is like ‘God has healed me’. And they go and they see the mass of the cancer there, grown larger, and my mum just became a shell for like three days. And you just see someone, a larger-than-life figure just whittling away every day.
Obumnaeme Akunyili said his mother fought hard to live because she believed her work on earth was not done, but despite all the money she spent and all the seed she sowed, she did not receive the healing the religious leaders promised her.