Monday, 20 November 2017

Breaking: Ex Vice President Alex Ekwueme dies at 85

Dr Alex Ekwueme, a former vice president during Shehu Shagari tenure has passed on in a London hospital in the late hours of Sunday, November 19.

A family release a statement confirming his demise. "The 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 happened at the London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017," a statement signed by HRH Prof Lazarus Ekwueme, a younger brother of the deceased, read.

The former Vice President Alex Ekwueme dies at 85 in London hospital. Recall that President Buhari approved foreign treatment of Nigeria's former VP two weeks ago. Subsequently, Ekwueme left for London on Sunday, November 12, with reported case of chest infection.

Alex Ekwueme was born in Oko, Orumba North local government area of Anambra state, on October 21, 1932. He is a distinguished architect, with a bachelor's degree of the University of Washington, a master's degree in urban planning, and a PhD in Architecture from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

The late elder statesman also has degrees in philosophy, history, sociology and law. Dr Ekwueme gained national and international recognition following his emergence as the first elected vice president of Nigeria, in the Second Republic. He worked in the Shehu Shagari administration from October 1, 1979, till December 31, 1983.

Rest in peace.

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