Former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme is dead after a brief illness in an undisclosed hospital abroad.
The former Vice President, who turned 85 in October, reportedly collapsed in his Enugu residence two weeks ago.
Mr Ekwueme was admitted at the Neurosurgery section of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Memphys Hospital in Enugu before being flown out of the country ostensibly by an air ambulance on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking for the family, Laz Ekwueme, the traditional ruler of Oko community in Anambra State, said the elder statesman “Dr Alex I. Ekwueme, GCON, was on Sunday 29th October 2017, admitted into hospital for a chest infection, TM News reported.
“It will be recalled that the former Vice President had a quiet celebration of his 85th birthday on the 21st of October 2017 in the company of his family members and he remained in high spirits up till his recent health challenges.
Ekwueme was the first elected Vice President of Nigeria between 1979 and 1983 in the Shehu Shagari administration.
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