By Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian Politicians to follow the footsteps of the first Vice President of Nigeria, Ide-Ndi-Igbo, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme.
In his remark, President Buhari praised the lifestyle of the late V.P, stating that, Dr. Ekwueme was a total Nigerian, a unifier and a great leader. President Buhari said the late V.P was an educationist both in arts and science and that there are few Nigerians, who have the qualities of late Alex Ekwueme.
The number one WHcitizen, commensurate with the immediate family members of the dead hero, acknowledging that their father will never be forgotten.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State in his address said, “We are gathered here today to celebrate a statesman, a hero, a nation builder, a socialist and an urban planner. Only few people like late Ide of Oko can stand out as Nigerians, who have put in all to serve humanity. He placed the unity of this country first and reminds us that no country can survive without unity, equity and justice”.
Adding that, “We can all see in the life of Dr. Alex Ekwueme the mirror of selflessness. The sacrifice of this great patriot cannot go in vain. He was my father, mentor, advocate and we had a father and son relationship and indeed I feel the pain deep down my soul. We have lost a philosopher and a visionary leader.”
Former Senate President, Dr. Ken Nnammani on his part, urged leaders to emulate the late ICON.
In his words, he said, “Ide Dr. Alex Ekwueme was a man of integrity in politics and has showed and proved that politics is service. I have never read or heard that Ekwueme have issues with E.F.C.C or I.C.P.C.”
He told his family to keep their head high because of the good works and reputation of their father.
Anglican Bishop of Awka, Bishop Alexander Ibezim in his sermon, called on Nigerians to always be prepared through living a good and exemplary life. He said, one of the greatest fears of mortals is death.
According to Bishop Ibezim, “The body of our father, brother and friend lying lifeless here is an indication that life is a journey which must come to an end one day.”
He advised Christians to hold on to what will stand the test of time.
In Appreciation, the family of late Dr. Alex Ekwueme through his first son, thanked the Federal Government, South East Governors and Anamberians for their solidarity and the role they played in making sure that their father was giving a befitting burial. He was also grateful for the love the whole Nation showed during their period of grief.