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Ex VP Alex Ekwueme dies in London

…  Big loss to Nigeria- Afenifere

Adewumi Ojo

The first elected Vice President of Nigeria Dr. Alex Ifeanyichuku Ekwueme  has passed away, after battling an undisclosed ailment that lasted for few weeks.

The  former vice president to the first civilian president, Alhai Sheu Shangari, who turned 85 last October reportedly collapsed where he relapsed and went into a coma before being taken to Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital, Enugu for treatment where he relapsed and went into coma.

President Buhari through the development subsequently directed his immediate treatment outside the country for speedy recovery of the Elder Statesman..

According to the a statement, signed by his brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, said Dr. Ekwueme died at around 10:00 pm last night.

The statement reads “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 .“The sad event occurred at the London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.”

Born October 21, 1932, Dr. Ekweme was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria.

He served as deputy to former President Sheu Shagari between 1979 and 1983.

Following the coup that ousted the Second Republic administration of Shehu Shagari in December 1983, Dr. Ekwueme was among politicians arrested by the incoming military government of Muhammadu Buhari, he was detained alongside some other politicians who were accused of various infringements and corruption were detained at the Kiri-Kiri prison in Lagos.

The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, described the death of the former Vice president as a big   loss to the country at a time the country is facing difficulty and needed the role of such a statesman of his caliber in steering the leadership and progressive train of the country.

“His death is a big losts to Nigeria, at this time that we need him, but he has achieved a great mark, he contributed so well to the development of Nigeria, may God grant him eternal rest and be with the family he left behind, Nigeria will surely miss him. Odumakin said.

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