Former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme is dead.
He was aged 85.
A statement from his family signed by his brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme said that he died by 10:00 pm in a London clinic, Sunday.
The statement 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.”
Ekwueme had slumped in his Enugu residence, and immediately taken to the Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital Enugu, where he relapsed and went into a coma.
As soon as he was stabilized in the hospital he was flown to London in an air ambulance last week.
Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria, in office from 1979 to 1983.