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Former Vice President Alex Ekwueme is Dead



Former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, is dead. - BellaNaija

Former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, is dead.

His brother, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, who announced this in a statement, said that the elder statesman died at a London clinic at about 10 p.m. on Sunday.

“Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme,’’ he said.

Ekwueme, who turned 85 years in October, was reported to have collapsed in his residence in Enugu a few weeks ago.

He was immediately taken to Memfys Nuerosurgery Hospital in Enugu from where he was moved to London for further medical attention on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ekwueme was the Vice President to Shehu Shagari between 1979 and 1984.


  1. bea

    November 20, 2017 at 10:19 am

    RIP to Pa Ekwemen. He was quite a responsible elder state man we believe.
    But in another news why did Buhari have to fly him abroad, did he need a sooth sayer to tell him that the man was elderly and had fulfill his mission. that the resource spent could have been used for some future course?

    • beauty

      November 20, 2017 at 10:54 am

      May your frugal sense of reasoning not impede you from carrying out something worthwhile. So because he is old he doesn’t deserve to live? Nonsense.

    • Mannie

      November 20, 2017 at 10:55 am

      He’s trying to get the side of Igbo grandees, All na tactics; all na set-up.

    • Loki

      November 20, 2017 at 11:17 am

      I have a tendency to think this way, but every time the spirit comes upon me, I bash my head against a wall repeatedly until my brain resets. It’s bloody but effective. You should try it.

    • TIMI

      November 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm


  2. Nneka Anih

    November 20, 2017 at 10:58 am

    May the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. May the Soul of Sir. Alex Ekwueme, rest in perfect peace. Amen.

  3. Ese

    November 20, 2017 at 11:35 am

    great man. May your soul rest in peace. Great role model

  4. jokobaba

    November 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    RIP Alex, what a humble soul he was…

  5. nene+

    November 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    RIP Sir.

  6. momo

    November 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    you can never win with Nigerians ..send him abroad!!! TO why did you send him abroad?? our negativity is part of why we can t move forward ..a lot of negative attitudes and words will keep you in bondage..fact

  7. Peaches77

    November 20, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Another ‘great’ leaving us again. Rest in peace sir. We already miss you like we miss Chinua Achebe, Dim Ojukwu e.t.c.

  8. nnenne

    November 21, 2017 at 3:57 am

    RIP to the great statesman but Bea was right.
    Our Leaders and custodians should fix our health system and not hope on being flown abroad for treatment!

    What about other Nigerian citizens, young, talented, vibrant, even other elderly people?

    We all deserve better. All lives matter.

    The time is now. Do something when you are in a leadership position.

    Yes, am Igbo but I also stand for justice and fairness!!!!!!!!
    It is never persona, just as when we critique Buhari for his medical exile abroad and other things. .

    • nnenne

      November 21, 2017 at 3:58 am

      **It is never personal **

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