Nigeria’s Second Republic Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Dies in London Clinic
Nigeria’s Second Republic Vice-President, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, on Sunday night passed away at the age of 85, at a London clinic.
A statement issued Monday by the family and signed by his brother and the traditional ruler of Oko community in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, said that he died by 10:00pm in a London clinic, Sunday, November 19.
The two-paragraph statement read:
“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.”
Ekwueme was flown abroad Sunday, November 12 in an air ambulance after being hospitalised at Memfys Hospital of Neurosurgery, Enugu, for what the family attributed to chest inflection.
Reacting to his death Monday morning, a statement by the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, said: “Nigeria has lost in Dr. Alex Ekwueme one of the foremost advocates for a restructured federation.”
According to Nwodo, the late former vice-president was intellectually forthright, engaging, loyal and outstandingly patriotic.