Second Republic Vice-President, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme is dead. .
A statement from his family signed by his brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, read: “Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON. The sad event occurred at the London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.”
The 85-year-old former vice president reportedly collapsed in his Enugu residence few weeks ago. He was immediately taken to the Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital, Enugu, where he relapsed and went into a coma.
Pres. Buhari subsequently directed that he be immediately flown abroad for urgent medical treatment. Mr. Buhari authorised the trip after being briefed on Mr. Ekwueme’s condition.