Key Quotes As Nigerians Bid Ekwueme Farewell
Elder statesman, Dr Alex Ekwueme has been buried amid tributes from top government officials, family and loved ones. Read here
He was buried on Friday at his hometown in Oko, Anambra state, following a funeral service held earlier.
While he has departed to be with lord, many believe that memories of him will linger for years to come.
Some prominent personalities who were opportune to relate with him during his lifetime, had a lot to say concerning him.
Here are some of the heartwarming comments from speakers and well-wishers from the early moments of his death to the week-long ceremony held in Enugu and Anambra states, in honour of him.
President Muhammadu Buhari
“Ekwueme’s unwavering commitment to the unity of Nigeria was a major encouragement to many governments.” Read here
Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s Tribute
“We celebrate Alex Ekwueme because he practiced the eternal principles that set men and women apart from their peers, whether they are poor or rich, famous or unknown; the principles of personal sacrifice for others, service to those who cannot offer a reward, the courage of one’s convictions, bravery in the face of terror”. Read here
Governor Willie Obiano’s Tribute
“This death has been a huge blow to me. Having lost my dear mother in June last year, nothing prepared me for the loss of someone who is like a father to me five months later”. Read here
“Ekwueme’s death is a raw pain which only God can heal. We had a father-son relationship that made me look forward to his private visits and his attendance at most of my events”.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s Tribute
“We paid our last respects to Former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, GCON, a respected statesman, patriot, and hero of democracy. May His Soul Rest in Peace.
“Dr. Alex Ekwueme showed that there is a role for professionals in politics and inspired many people including myself that we could contribute to the growth of our country”.
“It was a memorable experience hearing people reflect on the life of late Dr. Alex Ekwueme today in Enugu. He was a great man, great thinker, great achiever and one of our most committed democrats. His vision, guidance, and fortitude for a better Nigeria will be greatly missed.”
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
“The late Dr Ekwueme was a selfless, disciplined and patriotic Nigerian who lived a worthy and exemplary life. His demise is a loss to his family who would miss a caring patriarch, the people of Anambra State who would miss a guide and the good people of Nigeria who would miss a leader.
“His irrepressible thirst for knowledge and education, which propelled his foray into many fields of intellectual pursuit and his distinguished role in the development of the architectural profession in Nigeria are shining examples to the younger generation, many of whom have, in fact, benefited from his philanthropy and goodwill.
“It cannot be gainsaid that, over the years, Dr Ekwueme had shown courage of conviction and integrity in his dealings at the pinnacle of national affairs, notably with his record of sincerity as Vice-President of Nigeria between 1979 and 1983, and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during my administration as a democratically-elected President of Nigeria”. Read here.
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“I haven’t read a single negative story about that great man. God give us men. Real men like Dr. Alex”.
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