Alex Ekueme became the Vice President in 1979 with Alhaji Shehu Shagari as President in Nigeria second republic. His party NPN also won 1983 election but they were sacked in a military coup and General Mohammadu Buhari became the Head of State. Vice president Ekueme, known for his gentlemanly mien and style turned 85 October 21.
Ailing second republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme has been confirmed dead in a London clinic.
Ekwueme was said to have died late Sunday night after he battled with what the family said was a chest infection.
Confirming his death in a statement early Monday morning, Ekwueme’s younger brother and tradional ruler of Oko community in Anambra state, HRH, Prof. Laz Ekwueme said the sad event occurred in London at about 10pm Sunday night.
The statement said “The Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON.
“The sad event occurred at The London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.”
Ekwueme suffered stroke two weeks ago and was stabilised in an Enugu hospital before a Federal Government Ambulance aircraft flew him to London.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday sent condolences to Nigerians, and to the Government and people of Anambra State, on the death of a former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, on Sunday.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President commiserated with the entire Oko Kingdom, the Aguata Council of Traditional Rulers, and the Ekwueme family, over the loss of the family’s patriarch.
He said the deceased’s regular counsels on national issues and mediations for peaceful co-existence would be sorely missed.
The statement read in part, “The President affirms that Dr Ekwueme’s unwavering commitment to the unity of Nigeria had been a major encouragement to many governments, recalling the personal sacrifices he made in helping to lay the foundation for sustainable democracy in Nigeria.
“President Buhari believes Dr. Ekwueme worked assiduously to improve the livelihood of many poor and underprivileged people through the Alex Ekwueme Foundation, describing him as a man who served his country and humanity.
“The President prays that the almighty God will receive the soul of the former Vice President, and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”
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