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Operation Maximise Dora!

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Important: This is a social experiment to test Nigeria's democracy. In the process of this experiment we might succeed in effecting change albeit a small one in our dear country. The ultimate aim is to determine if we are merely citizens of Nigeria or if we can actually get the country's leadership to listen to us on any issue. The vast majority of Nigerians will agree that Prof Dora Akunyili did an above average job when she was Director General of NAFDAC. It is also safe to say that a lot of Nigerians were unpleasantly surprised when in December 2008 she was handed the Information Ministry Portfolio upon becoming a member of the Federal Executive Council. Part of the job of the President of Nigeria is to make the best use of the resources available to him in order to move the country forward in the right direction. With the myriad problems we have in Nigeria, it beggars belief that the President of the country will hand a first class Professor of Pharmacy and one of the most energetic members of his cabinet the information portfolio. That ministry is hardly the biggest problem with Nigeria right now. If you believe that this woman can still contribute something meaningful to Nigeria based on her track record, then you ought to sign this petition. The result of her being put utterly misused and underengaged is that she has been reduced to making almost comical statements every now and again which end up making her the object of ridicule. When she is not rebranding Nigeria, she is fighting Sony. We are therefore calling on President Yar'Adua to take one of the following actions. 1. Put her in her natural habitat i.e hand her the Ministry of Health. Her energy and drive will be far more useful to Nigeria in this ministry. There is so much wrong with the provision of healthcare in Nigeria and she would have had prior knowledge of this from her time at NAFDAC. 2. Put her in the education ministry. The Academic Staff Union of Universities [ASUU] has been on strike in Nigeria since June 24 leaving millions of Nigerian students sitting at home doing nothing. Part of the problem in this particular case appears to be the Minister of Education, Dr Sam Egwu's handling of the matter. Prof Akunyili can help to inject fresh energy into Nigeria's education ministry. She left the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1990 as a Senior Lecturer. 3. Sack her. If the president is unable to make the best use of her talents for the advancement of the nation, then he should sack her immediately. I am certain that another government will find good use for her. Being out of government will be better for her in the long run than trying to make the best of a thankless task as she is desperately trying to do at the moment. Professor Akunyili is by no means a superhero or a perfect government official but it is really sad to see her being misused by this government in this way. In her time at NAFDAC she was one of the most admired Nigerians in the country. She also brought to the national consciousness the menace of fake drugs and how much of a problem it was for the country. If she's willing to continue serving the country, then the country needs to get the best out of her. Sign this petition to ask President Yar'Adua to move her from the Information Ministry to either the health or education ministries. Or to sack her altogether from the government. Remember, this is an experiment to test if we, ordinary Nigerian citizens have a loud enough voice to force a reaction from the government 'we' elected. Single drops of water eventually make an ocean....if we get to 1 million signatures we will send it to the President and national assembly. God bless Nigeria.

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