The body of late Nigeria’s former vice president, Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, has arrived Abuja on Monday, January 29.
Ekwueme who died at the age of 85 gave up the ghost at a London Clinic at 10pm on Sunday, November 19, 2017
Ekwueme who was vice president to former 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 is 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 Ppartners.
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.
Legit.ng had reported that the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to giving a former Vice President, late Dr. Alex Ekwueme, a befitting burial.
Punch reported that Ngige spoke on Sunday, January 28, at Ekwueme’s hometown in Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra state after inspecting facilities for the burial of the late VP.
Legit.ng gathered that he said Buhari had committed about N1bn on Ekwueme from the day the federal government took over his medical bills to date.
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