THE EDUCATOR - February 2

Ekwueme Returned Igbo Nation to Nigeria's Political Map - Rep. Onuigbo

As the remains of the late elder statesman and first elected Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme make its final journey home, the member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency, Rep. Sam Onuigbo has described the late sage as a man of honour and integrity who exercised immense leadership abilities and sacrifice.  

Chief Onuigbo who is also the House of Representatives Committee Chairman on Climate Change stated this at a memorial service held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos, for the former Vice President.

Rep. Onuigbo noted that as a true a democrat and philanthropist, the late Dr. Alex Ekwueme made valuable contributions and sacrifices for the unity and development of Nigeria and democracy.  

The federal lawmaker while stressing the need for Nigeria to immortalize the late Dr Ekwueme given his resourcefulness and meritorious services to Nigeria pointed out that the late Ekwueme was the one who returned Ndigbo back to the nation's political map and limelight years after the civil war.  

He noted that as an ambassador of the Igbo Nation, the late Vice President during his life time promoted and projected the cherished Igbo culture and tradition and called on the present crop of leaders to emulate his sterling qualities.  

Chief Onuigbo further commiserated with the wife of the late elder statesman Mrs. Beatrice Ekwueme, the children, immediate and extended family, including the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra state, Igwe Laz Ekwueme and enjoined them to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.