Tributes As Osinbajo, South East Governors Receive Ekwueme's Body

Alicia Farmer
February 1, 2018

Umeh, who was a one-time Commissioner for Information in Anambra State, hinted that the main burial programme will begin with a commendation service in Enugu on Wednesday January 31st, adding that the funeral activities would be a solemn event devoid of partisan political comments.

Archbishop of Enugu ecclesiastical province of the Anglican communion where DR. Ekwueme was a strong communicant, Emmanuel Chukwuma was also on hand to give him parting blessing.

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".

"I would want to see Nigeria to be a nation, not just a country, " Osinbajo quoted Ekwueme's response to a question about his vision for Nigeria.

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Osinbajo later handed over the remains of the late former vice-president to the family, represented by his son, Mr. Goodheart Ekwueme.

"We, however, in the spirit of true patriotism implore our living leaders to emulate the positive qualities and outstanding leadership traits of the late former vice president, " Okereafor said. The plane landed in Enugu at 2:08 p.m.

"Talking about immortalising, that is what the governor would decide when the time is ripe because you can only talk of immortalising after he is being buried".

Dr Alex Ifeanyi Chukwu Ekweme served as Nigeria's former Vice President between 1979 and 1983.

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