Former first elected vice president, Alex Ekwueme breath his last late yesterday, 19th November, 2017 in a UK Hospital.
In a press statement signed by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Monday, November 20, he mourned Dr Ekwueme’s death, describing him as a patriot who made personal sacrifices for the country’s democracy.
He said, “I mourn the death of former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, a patriot and statesman. His life was marked by an unwavering commitment to the unity and progress of Nigeria; and his personal sacrifices helped lay the foundation for our democracy.
Jataka Dr. Ekwueme lived a worthy life, excelled in professional practice, in business, in politics, in philanthropy. He served Nigeria and humanity. We will miss his counsel and wisdom on national issues. May his soul rest in peace.
“My condolences go to his family, friends, the Government and people of Anambra State, Ndigbo, and to the entire nation. May God grant his family the fortitude to bear this loss.”
Other senior government officials such as Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House o9f Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, and many others have also paid their homage to the elder statesman.