The family of late former Vice-President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme has paid a thank-you visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State house, Abuja.
The visit was in appreciation of the state burial the elder statesman, late Dr Ekwueme was honoured with last in February.
Speaking to Journalists after the meeting with the President, the family members led by the traditional ruler of Oko, Professor Laz Ekwueme, the late Ekwueme’s wife, Mrs Beatrice and some of the Children alongside some elders of Oko community, Anambra State, expressed gratitude to President Buhari for approving a befitting state burial for their husband, brother and son.
Professor Ekwueme said, “We have come as family, his spouse, children, members of the family and cabinet of Oko community and other chiefs and friends, to say thank you to Mr. President for the work he did through the committee he set up, under the chairmanship of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the presence of the Vice President at the burial itself. And the immortalisation they gave in renaming the Federal University, Ndufu Alike, in Ebonyi State, to Alex Ekwueme Federal University of Technology and all the other things they did towards making this burial a special one. And in recognising the little efforts that my brother made in building this country, we just came to say thank you to Mr. President and his cabinet.”
Disclosing that the delegation was well received by the President, the monarch said, “I did make a request on what the Nigerian government undertook to build mausoleum for him and he (Buhari) said that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, will be advised on that.
“Having immortalised him by naming the university after him, they should now complete the undertaking to build mausoleum for him at his place of residence. And it is best for us to undertake the construction ourselves otherwise, if we wait for the Ministry of Works to do that, that may take forever…So, we can undertake the construction under the supervision of Ministry Works, provided the Nigerian government pays for it. We undertake to finish it before the anniversary of his demise.”
On the legacy left behind by the former Vice-President, Professor Ekwueme said, “I have no hesitation or reservation in saying that integrity, honesty, love, selfless service to the country, unity of the geo-political area called Nigeria and equity for all, justice and fair play, that is what is most important.”
Late Ekwueme, who was Vice-President from 1979 to 1983, died on November 19th, 2017 and was buried February 2, 2018.