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VP Osinbajo visits Ekwueme’s family


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday paid a condolence visit to the Abuja residence of the late former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.

At Ekwueme’s home, the vice president met the deceased’s widow, Beatrice, and children – Mr. Obi Ekwueme, Mrs. Chidi Onyemelukwe and Mr. Ogo Ekwueme.

He was accompanied to the late ex-vice president’s home by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

Osinbajo, who arrived the house at 11.20 a.m., spent about 30 minutes with the family.

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Speaking to journalists after the visit, he said the late Ekwueme “stood out as someone who was detribalized and understood that we are greater together than apart.”

According to him, the most important thing about the late former vice president was that he stood for unity of Nigeria.

The vice president recalled the late Ekwueme’s role as the leader of the G-34 that confronted the military regime of the late General Sani Abacha.

He said: “For someone who had no arms, had nothing, he was just a leader who stood out when everyone else seemed to be afraid of speaking up. I think for me that was one of the most poignant memories because really we owe a duty to our society to continue to empower ourselves and empower all others to ensure that it is better.”

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Ekwueme was Nigeria’s vice president during Alhaji Shehu Shagari’s administration from 1979 to 1983.

He died in a London hospital on November 19.

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