Abati denies naming UI after Akunyili

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The presidency has denied naming the University of Ibadan after late Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Dora Akunyili.

A Twitter handled @NTA_News — no longer functional — had claimed that Dr Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, told them that Presidency was considering immortalising Akunyili who died on Saturday 7 June in a hospital in India by naming the school after her.

“Mr. President may consider renaming University of Ibadan as ‘Dora Akunyili Memorial University’ to honour the late NAFDAC boss,” @NTA_News wrote.

In reaction to the statement, Abati denied making such a statement to @NTA_News or anyone on his Twitter account.

“Nobody ever said Mr President is considering naming University of Ibadan after Late Professor Dora Akunyili. Please ignore fake news.” @abati1990 tweeted.

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

National Television Authority, whose official Twitter account is @NTANewsNow warned that it would ensure the prosecution of those behind the rumor.

“The handlers of @NTA_News have been advised to shut down the Twitter account. It is a crime to impersonate a government agency. You risk being prosecuted,” @NTANewsNow wrote.

As at the time of publishing this report @NTA_News had become non-functional.