By Emmanuel Acha
The stays of the previous Vice President Alex Ekwueme arrived the Akanu Ibiam International Airport on Monday to the embrace of the 5 governors of South East states.
The physique was flown from Abuja to Enugu preparatory to the ultimate burial rites which begins on January 30.
The corpse which was flown in a Nigerian Air Force flight NAF918 was obtained by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi; Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Gov. Wille Obiano of Anambra and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo.
A quick prayer was supplied to the household of the deceased by the Archbishop, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma.
The corpse was taken to the morgue after a short visit his Independence Layout residence and a procession by officers of the Nigerian Police, Enugu State Command.
The corpse was lined with the Nigerian flag because the governors took turns to pay their closing solemn respect to the deceased.
There will probably be a commendation service for the late icon on the Cathedral Church of Good Shepherd, Independence Layout on Jan. 30 in addition to an interdenominational service on the Okpara Square on Jan. 31.
The physique will go away for Awka, Anambra State instantly after the service in Enugu.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had earlier on Monday obtained the physique 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 all the 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 bear in mind him, this could not solely encourage us but additionally cement the connection between all the peoples and nationalities of this nation in order that we might grow to be 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 stated.
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 airplane in firm of his relations 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 be taught 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 stated 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 may solely discuss of immortalising after he’s being buried.’’
Born in October 1932, late Ekwueme served as Nigeria’s Vice President from 1979 to 1983.