- NOA Nigeria (@NOA_Nigeria) November 20, 2017Really pained that former Vice President Alex Ekwueme did not make it back home to us and has now gone the way of all flesh.
On his part, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said he was saddened by the death of Ekweme who he described as "a man of character and never faltered in his belief in Nigeria".
According to the statement, "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".
He was one of the founding fathers of the Peoples Democratic Party in 1999 under which platform he aspired to a presidential candidate twice.
Shagari described him as a brother and a humble Nigerians who contributed in various capacities to the nation's development.
The President, Nigeria Union, South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo on Monday told the newsmen in Pretoria that they received the news with shock.
"This can not be said of Nigerian politicians anymore".
He listed Ekwueme's exploits in politics and leadership to include but not limited to propounding the theory of the segmentation of Nigeria into the current six geo political zones for administrative and political convenience during the 1994/95 constitutional conference convoked by late Head of State General Sani Abacha.
"On behalf of my family, I sincerely commiserate with Nigerians on his death".
Senator Mark urged the federal government to immortalize Ekwueme for his selfless contributions to the nation. Dr Ekwueme also earned degrees in sociology, history, philosophy and law from the University of London.
He prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest in His bosom.