Nigeria’s Former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, Is Dead
Written by Morenike Adebayo on November 20, 2017
Elderstatesman, Dr Alex Ekwueme is dead. According to a statement released by the Ekwueme family in Anambra state, signed by the traditional ruler of Oko family and brother to the late Second Republic Vice President, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, Alex Ekwueme died around 10:00 pm in London Hospital on Sunday.
The late former vice president, who turned 85 in October, reportedly collapsed in his Enugu residence few weeks ago. He was immediately taken to the Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital, Enugu, where he relapsed and went into a coma.
President Muhammadu Buhari subsequently directed that he be immediately flown abroad for urgent medical treatment. Born October 21, 1932, Ekweme was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria. He served as deputy to former President Sheu Shagari between 1979 and 1983. The family has not announced burial arrangement yet.