Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday described late former Vice President Alex Ekwueme as fearless and an epitome of integrity.
He mentioned this in his remarks on the Service of Songs and Night of Tribute in Abuja for the late Second Republic Vice President who died in a London Hospital on Nov. 19, 2017 at 85.
Osinbajo famous that Ekwueme was essentially the most exceptional particular person to serve the nation and believed in its indivisibility.
He mentioned that whereas alive, the late octogenarian possessed profound humility that got here from the understanding of how a lot there was to be taught and demonstrated it by his evident willingness to pay attention and be taught at all times.
“As Vice President, he set a wonderful instance of loyalty, self-discipline, staff spirit and constancy to the nation.
“He was fearless and with the braveness of his convictions, he led the G-34, the group of eminent Nigerians who confronted army dictatorship in its darkest and most fearsome days in Nigeria’s historical past.
“He contributed considerably to the return of democracy in 1999,’’ he recalled.
Osinbajo acknowledged that in nationwide and worldwide discourse, as an elder in ECOWAS even on essentially the most emotive topics, the deceased spoke honestly and ensured that his phrases constructed relatively than destroyed.
He additionally mentioned that late Ekwueme labored tirelessly to construct and keep the bridges established throughout ethnic and non secular traces by many by way of the years.
“He by no means for as soon as doubted the validity of 1 indivisible Nigeria,’’ the vp mentioned.
He recalled the late vp’s incarceration for about 20 months after the Shagari administration was toppled however that he was cleared as having by no means abused his workplace.
Osinbajo mentioned that Ekwueme’s principled and fearless management in confronting the army dictatorship of late Gen. Sani Abacha, particularly when it selected to succeed itself, was unequalled.
According to him, the late Ekwueme had principled interventions in lots of nationwide debates and in all, he epitomised impeccable integrity, braveness and selflessness.
“His values, like himself, stay related in all ages and time.’’
Osinbajo mentioned that Ekwueme had remarked that he wish to be remembered as somebody who got here into public workplace to render service and rendered it selflessly.
The News Agency of Nigeria stories that different dignitaries, together with the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo and Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, paid tribute to the late octogenarian.
Nwodo mentioned he was not mourning Ekwueme, however was rejoicing as a result of God gave Nigeria such a person.
For Ngige, Ekwueme was a political grasp who didn’t disappoint the nation throughout the 1994/1995 Constitutional convention.
Former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, represented by his son, Aminu Shagari, in a tribute mentioned he would proceed to relish the memorable time he had together with his late former Vice President.
“He lived a easy and uncomplicated life,’’ he mentioned, including that he nominated to run with him twice due to his excessive stage of self-discipline and integrity.
President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Prof. Jerry Ghana, Prof Uzodimma Nwala, and the deceased’s youthful brother, Prof. Laz Ekwueme, extolled his virtues.
A consultant of the Ekwueme’s Community, Oko, Anambra, Mr Handel Okoli, thanked the Federal Government for placing all constructions in place for the burial of their son.
He, nonetheless, requested that the late former vp’s identify needs to be immortalised for his imaginative and prescient of nationalism and patriotism to be exemplified.
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