By Danjuma Aliyu
Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has received the body of Alex Ekwueme.
The remains of the former Vice President, who died in London, was delivered by plane at around 5 o’clock this morning.
Professor Osinbajo, who led a delegation of dignitaries to receive the body from the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, describe the late politician as a “committed and kind” man.
He 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.
“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 glorious years of Dr. Alex Ekwueme,” Professor Osinbajo adds.
“When he was asked what his vision was for the county, he said, ‘I will want to see Nigeria to be a nation and not just a country.’
“Those words tell us how committed he was to the unity of this country and I pray that in death and as we remember him, that this will not only encourage us but also cement the relationship between all of the people and nationalities of this country, so that we become and remain one.
“We thank the almighty God for his family and for all of us who he left behind and we pray that his great wishes for this nation and all that he sacrificed for will not be in vain.”
A series of services is to be held from Jan 30 – Feb 1 in Enugu to celebrate Dr Ekwueme, 85, who became the first elected Vice-President in 1979 in Nigeria’s second republic.
Dr Ekwueme who died on November 20, 2017, will be buried on the 2nd of February, 2018.
The Secretary to the Anambra State Government, SSG, Solo Chukwudebelu has confirmed that Thursday will be a work free day in honour of the deceased.