Buhari Eulogises Former VP
President Muhammadu Buhari has has expressed his sadness over the death of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme.
Ekwueme who was Vice President to Alhaji Shehu Shagari between 1979 and 1984, died at a London clinic at about 10 p.m. on Sunday, according to his brother, Igwe Laz Ekwueme.
Buhari’s reaction is contained in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina. It read: “President Buhari commiserates with the entire Oko Kingdom, the Aguata Council of Traditional Rulers, and the Ekwueme family, over the loss of the family’s patriarch, whose regular counsels on national issues and mediation for peaceful co-existence would be sorely missed.
“The President affirms that Dr Ekwueme’s unwavering commitment to the unity of Nigeria had been a major encouragement to many governments, recalling the personal sacrifices he made in helping to lay the foundation for sustainable democracy in Nigeria.
“President Buhari believes Dr Ekwueme worked assiduously to improve the livelihood of many poor and underprivileged people through the Alex Ekwueme Foundation, describing him as a man who served his country and humanity.
“The President prays that the almighty God will receive the soul of the former Vice President, and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss”, the statement concluded. He described the former vice president as a good man.