Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (Centre), flanked by Ebonyi State Governor, David Umeahi (Left) and Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Right), on arrival for the burial of Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Friday.
*As Dignitaries Grace The Event, Tributes Flow
*Nigeria’s Government Renames University After Him
Nigeria’s Former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme has finally been laid to rest in his country home, Oko, Anambra state, amidst encomiums and tributes in his honour.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo led Nigeria’s top government officials to the event which was witnessed by arrays of dignitaries from all works of life.
Some of those in attendance include former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Mrs Patience; former Vice President Namadi Sambo; the Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano; Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha; Delta state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa; Avia state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; Ebonyi state Governor, David Umeahi; Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; former Secretary General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, among others.
Ekwueme, the first Nigeria’s democratically elected Vice President was buried Friday, February 2, after he died in a hospital in London United Kingdom on November 19, 2017, due to a respiratory illness.
At St. John The Divine Church, Oko, Anambra State venue of the funeral service for the late Dr Ekwueme, Prof. Osinbajo described the deceased as principled, brave and as a man who “set an excellent example of loyalty as Vice President.”
While adding that “He was a man of impeccable integrity,” Prof. Osinbajo disclosed that the federal government has renamed the Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (FUNAI) in Ebonyi State as Dr Alex Ekwueme University.
Also, the Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku described the deceased as a “cerebral politician who did not play politics of bitterness.”
However, the Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, His Grace, Nicholas Okoh who delivered the homily centred on “Get into the Ark”, admonished Nigerian political leaders and office holders to ensure that Nigeria’s independence goes beyond “paper” work.
He charged them of the need to provide basic necessities and amenities to the citizenry including standard medical infrastructure instead of giving preference to foreign medical treatments.
Primate Okoh said: “Our independence is only on papers, our leaders should deliver us from running to other countries for medical services, whatever the deficiency in the medical profession, government should help us, let our people stop to die abroad.”