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Buhari, Obasanjo, Shagari Pay Tributes To Former Vice President, Ekwueme

Buhari, Obasanjo, Shagari Pay Tributes To Former Vice President, Ekwueme

Former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme is dead. The statement, signed by the former Vice-President’s brother, who is also the traditional ruler of Oko, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, explained that he died around 10pm on Sunday, in a London hospital, the United Kingdom.

Ekwueme, who celebrated his 85th birthday on October 10, reportedly suffered from a chest infection, according to his family members. He became the Vice President in 1979 with Alhaji Shehu Shagari as President in Nigeria second republic.

Meanwhile, prominent Nigerians have been paying tributes to the elder statesman, from former Presidents Shehu Shagari and Olusegun Obasanjo to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, and from the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara shortly after his death was announced by his family.

Shehu Shagari, in his condolence message, described the late Ekwueme as, “My brother.”

“It is with a deep sense of loss that I heard about the demise of my brother and former Vice-President, Alex Ekwueme. On behalf of myself, I sincerely commiserate with Nigerians on his death. May his soul rest in peace,” Shagari’s statement read.

President Buhari said the deceased’s regular counsel on national issues and mediations for peaceful co-existence would be sorely missed.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, “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.”

Former President, Obasanjo in his condolence message also said, said the late Ekwueme was a great Nigerian who devoted his life to the service of his fatherland.

“The late Dr. Ekwueme was a selfless, disciplined and patriotic Nigerian who lived a worthy and exemplary life.”

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November 21st, 2017

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