Former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, is dead

Chief Alex Ekweme
Chief Alex Ekweme

A former Nigerian Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, is dead.

According to the SUN newspaper, a statement from his family said he died at a London clinic on Sunday.

The statement, signed by his brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, said Mr. Ekwueme died at 10:00 pm.

The statement reads in part: “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.”

The former vice president, who turned 85 in October, reportedly collapsed in his Enugu residence few weeks ago.

He was immediately taken to the Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital, Enugu, where he relapsed and went into a coma.

President Muhammadu Buhari subsequently directed that he be immediately flown abroad for urgent medical treatment.

Mr. Buhari authorised the trip after being briefed on Mr. Ekwueme’s condition.

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

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

WELL-EDUCATED

Mr. Ekwueme was vice president to Shehu Shagari from 1979 to 1983.

The late Second Republic politician was one of the most educated Nigerian political leaders.

He was educated at the King’s College, Lagos and earned a degree in Architecture and City Planning from the University of Washington, as a Fulbright scholarship recipient.

Mr. Ekwueme also took a masters degree in Urban Planning and later obtained a PhD in Architecture from the University of Strathclyde.

Aside his degrees in Architecture, Mr. Ekwueme also obtained degrees in Sociology, History, Philosphy and Law from the University of London. He was also called to the Nigerian Bar.

He was president of the Nigerian Institute of Architects.

JAILED BY BUHARI

Following the coup that ousted the Second Republic administration of Shehu Shagari in December 1983, Mr. Ekwueme was among politicians arrested by the incoming military government of Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Ekwueme and other politicians accused of various infringements and corruption were detained at the Kiri-kiri Prison in Lagos.

The family has not announced burial arrangement yet.


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  • Emmanuel

    What a priceless passage,the nation has lost one of its best. May is soul rest in peace.

  • Lanre

    My recollections of him in 1999, speaking at the Lagos Island Club with such erudition about the prospects for a new democratic dispensation. I was hoping to see him as President, if only to right the wrongs of the Military Rogues that had just ruled Nigeria. A Constitutionalist, even though by profession an architect, he had class and panache. Serving under a government (NPN/Shagari) that was not popular in my area and was widely adjudged as corrupt, you could not but respect Dr. Alex Ekwueme for his urbane demeanour. He was friends with Chief Bola Ige and with him and Malam Ibrahim Waziri, I could say the “Politics without Bitterness” generation is surely gradually passing away. I will always remember this gentleman politician. Adieu Sir!

    P.S Can anyone guess how many degrees Dr. Alex Ekwueme has (had)?

  • Rommel

    He did his part, may his gentle soul find peace and we pray that his family finds the courage to deal with this loss.

  • Shahokaya

    They shouldn’t have told him the result of the governorship election knowing that his daughter and party were trounced by APGA and even APC performed better!

    • Braun

      Are you, okay at all? What does APC or any other party have to do with his death. Please, learn to think seriously.

    • Fadama

      Your buffoonery and irresponsibility are first class. Pig!

      • Shahokaya

        Deal with it.

    • PolyGon2013

      Would you stop this crap? The old man lived a good life. Just wish the family that he left behind well.

  • JasV

    With people like you, we still have hope in the Zoo. Rest in perfect peace

  • lubem

    Painful exit of a truly elder statesman. RIP Doc.

  • luvnaija

    May your soul rest in peace. Amen

  • Timothy

    We all will die one day…..your time has come and so you go and meet your ancestors and your maker…..may your soul find eternal rest.

  • PolyGon2013

    May his gentle soul rest in peace.

  • kayode Olufade

    May his soul rest in peace and his sacrifices never be in vain

  • Netanyahu

    RIP.

  • thusspokez

    …he died at a London clinic

    A fine epithet at the Nigerian health system.

  • thusspokez

    Mr. Buhari authorised the trip…

    Buhari authorising the trip is irrelevant. Mr. Ekwueme was a VP and that grands him entitlement to receive medical treatment abroad and paid by the Nigerian tax payer.

    It is clear now why Mr. Ekwueme’s family had not sent him abroad immediately. His condition was so severe, they probably thought it is best for him to spend his last days surrounded by his family, of course, until the do-gooder President Buhari put pressure on them to let Mr. Ekwueme go to London for treatment. May His Soul Rest In Peace.

  • thusspokez

    WELL-EDUCATED

    I can’t understand Nigerians’ obsession with academic qualifications. Is Ekwueme’s academic achievement the main thing he should be known for, in his entire life? This report is very thin on other parts of his life including his contribution to society whether in an official capability or otherwise.

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