By Sumaila Ogbaje
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday acquired the physique of late former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme, and praised the elder assertion as dedicated to the unity of Nigeria all through his lifetime.
Osinbajo’s eulogy was made at a parade of Honour for Ekwueme mounted at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday as a part of the final respects by the Federal Government for him.
He expressed the hope that the loss of life of Ekwueme wouldn’t solely encourage Nigerians, however cement the connection amongst the entire peoples and nationalities.
“I’d need to see Nigeria to be a nation, not only a nation,’’ Osinbajo quoted Ekwueme’s response to a query about his imaginative and prescient for Nigeria.
“Those phrases inform us how dedicated he was to the unity of this nation.
‘’And I pray that in loss of life and as we keep in mind him, this is able to not solely encourage us but in addition cement the connection between the entire peoples and nationalities of this nation in order that we might change into and stay one.
“We are reminded of his dedication to timeless beliefs of integrity, of loyalty and of kindness to all. We thank the almighty God for giving us 85 years lifetime of Dr Ekwueme.
“We thank the almighty God for his household and all us who he has left behind and we pray that his nice needs for this nation and all that he sacrificed for won’t be in vein,’’ he mentioned.
Osinbajo later handed over the stays of the late former vice-president to the household, represented by his son, Mr Goodheart Ekwueme, at 12:40 p.m.
The physique departed for Enugu in an Air Force aircraft in firm of his members of the family at 1:30 p.m.
Dr Emma Okeke, the Deputy Governor of Anambra who was on the airport, urged present political leaders in Nigeria to study from the steadfastness and excellent qualities of Ekwueme.
In an interview, he described Ekwueme as a person who at all times stood by what he believed in.
He mentioned that the state authorities would consider immortalising the late Ekwueme after his burial, including that the governor would resolve that on the applicable second.
“Talking about immortalising, that’s what the governor would resolve when the time is ripe as a result of you’ll be able to solely speak of immortalising after he’s being buried.
“What is occurring right here right this moment is a results of the type of individual Ekwueme was,’’ he mentioned.
Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, mentioned Ekwueme was a person who, despite his private achievements, remained centered in his political profession with out compromise.
Ngige mentioned that the late Ekwueme grew to become the primary democratically elected vice-president of Nigeria by means of resilience and selfless service.
“That reveals his resilience however he’s a person who doesn’t consider in a corrupt system to succeed as a result of he by no means gave cash to delegates and he by no means gave bribe.
“When he left energy, the tribunal that was arrange mentioned they discovered him a poorer man after leaving authorities than when he got here to authorities.
“And to anticipate extra from him is to anticipate angels to come back down.
“He was my political grasp and I discovered him a match and correct individual and a correct politician to study the commerce from and I leant accountability, honesty, fair-play, justice and fairness,’’ he mentioned.
Also, Chief Jim Nwobodo, a former Gov. of outdated Anambra, mentioned that the late former vice- president was humble, steadfast, brave and had curiosity in Nigeria.
Nwobodo mentioned Ekwueme believed a lot in a single Nigeria, not as a rustic, however as a nation which confirmed his curiosity for Nigeria.
“I believe we must always use the honour given to him to see Nigeria as one united nation and never a divided nation,’’ he mentioned. (NAN)