Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has said that the death of Dr. Alex Ekwueme “signals yet another depletion in the dwindling ranks of elder statesmen with an abiding love for country and humanity”.
Noting that he received the news of the former vice president’s passing on with deep sadness, the Enugu State governor described it as a huge loss that will be felt not only by his family but the entire country.
“We mourn with his family and, on behalf of the government and people of Enugu State, offer them our deepest condolences and express our gratitude for their gift of this icon of democracy,” the statement signed by Gov. Ugwuanyi said.
Dr. Ekwueme had slumped at his residence in Enugu early November few days after celebrating his 85th birthday, prompting his family to rush him to the hospital where his condition eventually improved according to family members.
He was subsequently flown to a London hospital where he was until his death on November 19.