In a statement signed by Igwe Laz Ekwueme, his brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra state, the former VP died at about 10pm on Sunday in a London clinic.
Former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme, 85, has died in a London clinic, the family confirmed on Monday. Nigeria has lost a statesman. "This is a big loss on all fronts", was quoted as saying in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr James Eze.
Immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has described second republic Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme as a quintessential leader and a hero of the present democratic dispensation in Nigeria.
Governor Okowa also conveyed his condolences to the family of the late Elder Statesman particularly the Oko Kingdom, describing him as a committed patriot who served our nation at the highest levels with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication.
"Before venturing into politics Ekwueme brought great pride to the country through his exemplary and pioneering efforts as the Doyen of Architecture in Nigeria".
Okunna, a former Commissioner for Information in Anambra, said the contributions of Ekwueme would be greatly missed at this time democratic governance in Nigeria was still evolving.
Ekwueme had slumped in his Enugu residence, and immediately taken to the Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital Enugu, where he relapsed and went into a coma.
"Ekwueme represented the Igbo people well in his public service, though his death is painful, we pray God to grant his soul eternal rest, " Uwazuruike said.
Alex Ekwueme died on Sunday night, November 19, 2017 in London Hospital.
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