A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, on Monday said the death of Dr Alex Ekwueme signalled the end of an era.
George, mourning the second republic vice president of Nigeria in a statement in Lagos, said his demise is a painful national loss.
“He was a gentleman, a thoroughbred; civil, humble but yet radiated a powerful intellect and a scholarly presence, stripped of arrogance.
“His death is the end of an era, a sad departure of one of the very significant symbols of those who dedicated their lives to the service of our nation,” George said.
He said Ekwueme was a great patriot and an outstanding statesman who contributed immensely to the development of the country.
While saying he would be sorely missed by all, he prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul and fortitude for the family to bear the loss.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekwueme, Vice -President between 1979 and 1983, died at 85 in London on Sunday night.
He had been ill before being flown to the United Kingdom for further medical attention.
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