Nigerians mourn passing former Vice President
Nigeria’s former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, passed away at the age of 85.
His brother, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, who is also a traditional ruler in Anambra state had said the former Vice President, died around 10:00 pm in a London clinic, on Sunday.
“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,” he said
Alex Ekwueme was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria. He served in office from 1979 to 1983.
Weeks ago, he had slumped in his Enugu residence. He was immediately taken to the Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital Enugu, where he reportedly went into coma.
As soon as he was stabilised in the hospital he was flown to London in an air ambulance last week, as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ekwueme who was Vice President to President Shehu Shagari was ousted in a coup staged by military officers led by Brigadier Muhammadu Buhari on 31 December 1983.
He attended the University of London; King’s College; Lagos, Nigerian Law School; University of Strathclyde and University of Washington.
He was the Ide of the Oko kingdom in Anambra State, where his younger brother, Lazarus, is the traditional ruler.
He was also honoured by the council of Traditional Rulers in the old Aguata as the Ide of Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State comprising forty-four (44) towns.
Ekwueme is a distinguished architect who started his professional career as an Assistant Architect with a Seattle-based firm, Leo A. Daly and Associates, and also with the London-based firm Nickson and Partners.
He worked briefly with ESSO West Africa, Lagos, overseeing the Construction and Maintenance department.
He founded Ekwueme Associates, Architects and Town Planners, the first indigenous architectural firm in Nigeria.