Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo Monday on behalf of the President Muhammadu Buhari received the body of late Dr. Alex Ekwueme at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.
Ekwueme died on Sunday, November 19th 2017 in a London hospital where he was flown to receive medical treatment. His body arrived the NAIA at about 10:am and was handed over to the family and taken to Enugu at 1:30pm.
Osinbajo, who led the federal government delegation to NAIA, said: “I am deeply honoured on behalf of the President, Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and government and people of Nigeria to receive the body of the first elected Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. GCON.”
According to him, “As we receive his body this morning, we are reminded of his selfless service to the nation, to our region, to Africa and indeed the world.
“We are reminded of his commitment to timeless ideals of integrity, of loyalty and of kindness to all. We thank the almighty God for giving us 85 years life of Dr Ekwueme. When he was asked what his visions are for the country, he said, ‘I would want to see Nigeria be a nation, not just a country’.”