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Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON

Transition to glory: Peace-loving former Vice President of Nigeria Dr. Alex Ekwueme goes home serving humanity

(TRADE NEWSWIRE): Igbo language (mere!?, mere!!?, mere!!!!!!!!?) English meaning (why!?, why!!?, why!!!!!!!!!?), TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.

Igbo language (onwubiko, mere!!!?) English language (death, please, why!!!?); Igbo language (ọnwụ mere i ji gbuo nna anyị hụrụ n’anya, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme?) English meaning (death why did you take our beloved father, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme?).

Igbo language (onwuamaeze) English language (death knows no king)

Igbo language (mana anyị na-ekele Chineke maka ndụ nke ijere ụmụ mmadụ mmadụ ozi) English meaning (but we thank God for a life of service to humanity he lived)

Igbo language (onwuenweenyi) English meaning (death has no friend)

Igbo language (mana anyị na-ekele Chineke maka ndụ nke ijere ụmụ mmadụ mmadụ ozi) English meaning (but we thank God for a life of service to humanity he lived)

Igbo language (onwukadibia) English meaning (death surpasses doctor)

Igbo language (mana anyị na-ekele Chineke maka ndụ nke ijere ụmụ mmadụ mmadụ ozi) English meaning (but we thank God for a life of service to humanity he lived)

Igbo language (onwudinjo) Emglish language (Death is bad)

Igbo language (mana anyị na-ekele Chineke maka ndụ nke ijere ụmụ mmadụ mmadụ ozi) English meaning (but we thank God for a life of service to humanity he lived)

Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON final journey home

Arrival of the remains of the Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Monday from London.

From L-R: President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR; and the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON.

Igbo language (Onwudiegwu) English language (death is terrible)

Igbo language (mana anyị na-ekele Chineke maka ndụ nke ijere ụmụ mmadụ mmadụ ozi) English meaning (but we thank God for a life of service to humanity he lived)

Igbo language (onwuanumkpe) English language (death hears no plea)

Igbo language (mana anyị na-ekele Chineke maka ndụ nke ijere ụmụ mmadụ mmadụ ozi) English meaning (but we thank God for a life of service to humanity he lived)

Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo along with members of the Nigeria Armed Forces pays respect to Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON, on arrival of his remains at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Monday from London.

Arrival of the remains of the Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON guided by the men of the Department of State Services (DSS) at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Monday from London.

Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo along with members of the Nigeria Armed Forces pays respect to Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON, on arrival of his remains at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Monday from London.

From R-L: Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON; on the extreme left hand side is the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

Our beloved father and former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON, died- transitied to glory at 10.00pm on Sunday 19 November 2017 at a London clinic haven spent his life serving humanity and God Almighty while alive.

The exemplary lifestyle of our dear father Ekwueme, the ‘Ide of Oko kingdom’ is worthy of emulation to Nigerians, Africans and the world in general across tribal, religious and racial lines for peaceful co-existence of humanity.

Remains of the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, GCON, was received by APC South East Zonal Leaders led by Governor Rochas Okorocha, OON, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu state. Photo credit: Omoboriowo Michael Adeyemi.

Remains of the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, GCON, was received by APC South East Zonal Leaders led by Governor Rochas Okorocha, OON, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu state. Photo credit: Omoboriowo Michael Adeyemi.

Remains of the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, GCON, was received by APC South East Zonal Leaders led by Governor Rochas Okorocha, OON, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu state. Photo credit: Omoboriowo Michael Adeyemi.

From L-R: Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON; with his wife, Mrs. Beatrice Chigozili Ekwueme.

PROFILE OF DR. ALEX EKWUEME

Personal life

Ekwueme was the Ide of the Oko kingdom in Anambra State, where his younger brother Prof Lazarus Ekwueme, reigns as the traditional ruler. He was also honoured by the council of Traditional Rulers in the old Aguata as the Ide of Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State comprising forty-four (44) towns. He died at 10.00pm on Sunday 19 November 2017 at a London clinic. He had to be flown there after his relapse to a coma which he fell into as a result of his fall in his Enugu residence.

From L-R: Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON; and former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan.

Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON (R), discussing with the former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu (L)

Education

Ekwueme started primary school at the St John’s Anglican Central School, at Ekwulobia, then he proceeded to King’s College, Lagos. As an awardee of the Fulbright Scholarship in the United States of America (being one of the first Nigerians to gain the award).

He attended the University of Washington where he earned bachelor’s degree in Architecture and city planning. He obtained his master’s degree in urban planning. Dr. Ekwueme also earned degrees in sociology, history, philosophy and law from the University of London. He later proceeded to obtain a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Strathclyde, before gaining the BL (honours) degree from the Nigerian Law School.

From R-L: Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON; standing next to Ekwueme is the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.

Career

Ekwueme was a distinguished architect. He started his professional career as an Assistant Architect with a Seattle-based firm, Leo A. Daly and Associates, and also with the London based firm Nickson and Partners. On his return to Nigeria, he joined ESSO West Africa, Lagos, overseeing the Construction and Maintenance department.

He then went on to create a successful private business with his firm – Ekwueme Associates, Architects and Town Planners, the first indigenous architectural firm in Nigeria. His practice flourished with 16 offices spread all over Nigeria and was wound up in preparation for Dr. Ekwueme assuming office as the first executive Vice President of Nigeria. Dr. Ekwueme had presided over the Nigerian Institute of Architects and the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria.

He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Institute of Architects. Before Dr. Ekwueme gained national and international limelight as the Vice President of Nigeria in 1979, he was actively involved in the socio-economic development of his community.

From R-L: Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON having an hanshake with the former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigerria, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha.

In addition to his many public service roles within his community, Dr. Ekwueme started an active Educational Trust Fund that has been responsible for sponsoring the education of several hundred youths to universities in Nigeria and abroad. Dr. Ekwueme was a member of the housing sub-committee of the Adebo Salaries and Wages Review Commission. He also served for many years on the board of the Anambra State Housing Development Authority On the national front.

Dr. Ekwueme participated in the Nigeria National Constitutional Conference (NCC) in Abuja, where he served on the Committee on the Structure and Framework of the Constitution.

His famous proposals at the NCC for a just and equitable power sharing in Nigeria based on the six geopolitical zones have now come to be accepted as necessary for maintaining a stable Nigerian polity.

From R-L: Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON, having an hanshake with the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.

Dr Ekwueme mobilized the group of 34 eminent Nigerians who risked their lives to stand up against the dictatorship of General Sani Abacha during the era of military rule in Nigeria. He was the founding Chairman of the ruling party in Nigeria and was the first Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Ekwueme was a prolific philanthropist, public servant, and a man of peace.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of Canada-based Forum of Federations. He was also a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Council of Elders.

Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON, being recieved at the Airport by the then Anambra Gov., Christian Onoh, in 1983.

Dr. Ekwueme was leader of the team assembled by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) for pre-election monitoring for the parliamentary election in Zimbabwe in 2000. He was the leader of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) observer team to the Tanzanian Presidential and Parliamentary election in 2000.

Dr. Ekwueme co-led the 28 member NDI/Carter Centre sponsored Observer Team to the Liberian Presidential run-off election in 2005. Most recently Dr Ekwueme was called upon by the ruling party in Nigeria to head the Reconciliation Committee in the wake of intra-party discord and after the recent presidential election.

Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON standing at the center with cross section of Igbo political leaders.

He was honoured with the Order of the Republic of Guinea and Nigeria, second highest national honours of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON). Dr. Ekwueme was the benefactor and Patron of the “Alex Ekwueme Foundation”, according to Wikipedia.

Leaders and followers of the entire Yoruba, Hausa-Fulani and all other tribes in Nigeria led by the PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF NIGERIA, MUHAMMADU BUHARI GCFR,condole with Igbo sons and daughters at home & abroad and the family of Dr. Aex , Ekwueme, over the death of the father of us all, while praying for the repose of his soul.

REST IN PERFECT PEACE OUR (NNA)-IGBO LANGUAGE (FATHER)-ENGLISH LANGUAGE, MAY GOD ALMIGHTY FORGIVE YOUR SHORTCOMINGS.

WE ARE ONE! WE ARE ONE!! WE ARE ONE!!! 

May God Guide Our Leaders Right

NIGERIA SHALL BE GREAT AND PEACEFUL

 

Sulaiman Adenekan

 A Strategist/ Publisher

TRADE NEWSWIRE (www.tradenewswire.net)

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