By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Late Dr. Alex Ekwueme
Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), the socio-cultural umbrella body of the North, has described the former Vice President, late Dr. Alex Ekwueme, as one of fineness politicians, a bridge-builder and leader, who had lived a simple and humble life.
A statement issued Tuesday in Kaduna and signed by the Forum’s national publicity secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, to mourn the late VP, stated that it “learnt with shock and grief, the passing away of the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, GCON, at a London Clinic on Sunday, 19th November 2017.
“The late Dr Alex Ekwueme was the Vice President to former President Shehu Shagari during the Second Republic, and a great politician, who left an indelible mark in the political history of Nigeria.
“The late elder statesman was a qualified architect of repute; a man of great vision and intellect, who was a strong pillar that continues to support the unity and stability of Nigeria,” it stated.
The statement further averred that, Ekwueme personally received ACF delegation and also led the Ndigbo team to a meeting with the Forum, when a high powered delegation of the ACF paid a visit to the Southeast on the invitation of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in October 2012.
“We recalled that in October, 2012, when a high powered delegation of the ACF paid a visit to the Southeast on the invitation of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the late elder statesman came personally to receive the ACF delegation and also led the Ndigbo team to the meeting with the Forum.
“The late elder statesman would be remembered for his commitment to national unity, selfless service to his fatherland and philanthropic activities,” it added, pointed out that “Nigeria has lost one of its fineness politicians, a bridge-builder and a leader, who lived a simple and humble life.”
“ACF therefore extended its condolences to the Ekwueme family, the Government and the good people of Anambra State, and all Nigerians over the demise of demise of Dr Alex Ekwueme,” adding “May his gentle soul rest in peace.”