- Former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Otunba Gbenga Daniel have joined the rest of Nigerians to mourn the death of former vice president, Alex Ekwueme
- Obasanjo described Ekwueme as a great Nigerian who devoted his life to his fatherland
- Otunba Daniel in his condolence message commiserated with the Ekwueme family and the people of Anambra state on the demise of the great son of Africa
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described the death of the first civilian Vice-President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme as a shock.
Obasanjo said this in a statement signed by his Media aide, Kehinde Akinyemib on Monday in Abeokuta.
He noted that Ekwueme was a great Nigerian who devoted his life to distinguished service of his fatherland.
“The late Ekwueme was a selfless, disciplined and patriotic Nigerian, who lived a worthy and exemplary life.
“His irrepressible thirst for knowledge and education, which propelled his foray into many fields of intellectual pursuit represents a shining example to the younger generation,’’ he said.
Obasanjo said Ekwueme made distinguished role in the development of the architectural profession, philanthropy and goodwill in Nigeria to the benefit of many people.
“As the whole world pays tribute to Ekwueme, I join them in celebrating the life of a man who raised from the beacon of human struggle to lofty heights of nobility.’ His life is an example of what we should all aspire for.
“His struggle and our struggles remain the same as we all seek for answers to deal with today’s challenges.
“His demise is a loss to his family, who would miss a caring patriarch, the people of Anambra, who would miss a guide and the good people of Nigeria who would miss a leader, he added.
In all situations, he lived nobly and he died in nobility. “May the soul of Ekwueme rest in perfect peace.”
Similarly, the former governor of Ogun state, Gbenga Daniel, described Ekueme as a national icon whose contributions helped to stabilise democratic ideals in the nation's polity.
Daniel stated this in his condolence message on the death of the highly revered statesman who was, until his death, among the few remaining titans of modern Nigerian politics.
According to the former governor, late Ekwueme was an exceptional personality who lived a life full of achievements in his professional career as an architect of international repute and also in the field of politics where he established himself as a remarkable politician and rallying point among his kinsmen, contemporaries and generality of Nigerians.
"Articulate, focussed, disciplined and patriotic, Dr. Ekwueme held aloft democratic ideals of the nation's founding fathers and never wavered in the quest for a better Nigeria. This won him great respect from across the political spectrum putting him at a foremost spot as a legend and natural leader".
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Daniel then on behalf of his family, commiserated with the Ekwueme family, the good people of Anambra State and entire Nigerians on the demise of this great son of Africa as he prayed Almighty God to grant him eternal rest.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Dr Alex Ekwueme, a former vice president during the tenure of Shehu Shagari, passed away in a London hospital in the late hours of Sunday, November 19.
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