The South-East Governors’ forum has joined millions of Nigerians to express their condolence to the country and the immediate family of Nigeria’s former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme.
The chairman of the forum, Governor David Umahi in mourning the death of Ekwueme stated that the death is to mark the end of an era.
Ekwueme died yesterday in London where he was receiving treatment as revealed by Igwe Laz Ekwueme, the brother of the deceased.
Prior to his death he just turned 85 and was said to have collapsed at his resident where he went into a coma and was rushed to Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital in Enugu from where he was moved to London for further medical attention on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ekwueme served the nation as vice president when Alhaji Shehu Shagari was President specifically between 1979 and 1984.
The forum further described the death as a huge loss to the nation and more importantly the Ndigbo community.
The statement of the forum reads partly, “I commiserate with the Anambra Government and the entire Ekwueme family of Uga in Orumba North Local Government Area of the state over the loss.”
“The death of our father and leader is devastating, especially during this period that his advice is needed most.”
“He was a great Nigerian who believed in the unity of the country and we have learnt a lot from his deep political sagacity, as his children.”
“We have lost a gem, gentleman, decent politician and academia as the South-East through, its governors would soon map programmes to pay its last respect to the fallen iroko tree.”
He prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest in His bosom.