President Muhammadu Buhari mourned former Vice President of Nigeria, Alex Ekwueme, who died on November 19 in a London clinic.
The president, who spoke through his special special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said Ekwueme's death is a great loss to the nation.
Adesina wrote: "President Muhammadu Buhari sends condolences to Nigerians, and to the government and people of Anambra state, on the passing away of elder statesman and former Vice President, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme (GCON), on Sunday, November 19, 2017.
"President Buhari commiserates with the entire Oko Kingdom, the Aguata Council of Traditional Rulers, and the Ekwueme family, over the loss of the family’s patriarch, whose regular counsels on national issues and mediations for peaceful co-existence would be sorely missed.
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"The President affirms that Dr Ekwueme’s unwavering commitment to the unity of Nigeria had been a major encouragement to many governments, recalling the personal sacrifices he made in helping to lay the foundation for sustainable democracy in Nigeria.
"President Buhari believes Dr Ekwueme worked assiduously to improve the livelihood of many poor and underprivileged people through the Alex Ekwueme Foundation, describing him as a man who served his country and humanity.
"The President prays that the almighty God will receive the soul of the former vice president, and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss."
The president also took to his twitter page to lament the death of the icon.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the South East Governors Forum on Monday, November 20, joined millions of Nigerians to mourn the death of former Nigeria’s vice president, Dr Alex Ekwueme.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi and chairman of the forum described Ekwueme’s death as the end of an era, in a statement in Abakalilki.
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