The body of late Second Republic Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, which was earlier received in Abuja in preparation for his burial, yesterday arrived Enugu, via Akanu Ibiam International Airport.
The plane carrying the remains of the former Vice President, landed at the Akanu Ibiam International airport, Enugu, at about 2:08 pm and was received by the Southeast Governors’ Forum led by its chairman and governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, accompanied by governors of Anambra State, Dr. Willie Obiano; Enugu State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
This is coming after Anambra State government declared Thursday, a work-free day in his honour.
Other dignitaries at the airport that received the late Vice President included; President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo; Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma; National Chairman of United Progressives Party, UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie; Speaker Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Ogbonnia Nwaifuru who led all the members of Ebonyi State House of Assembly.
Vanguard reported that both chairmen of Ebonyi and Enugu State Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Hon Onyekachi Nwaebonyi and Hon. Augustine Nnamani were also present. The southeast governors, one after the other, paid their last respect to the icon.
On the other hand the Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, has faulted claims by Labour and Productivity Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, that the Federal Government has spent about N1bn on the burial of ex-Vice President Alex Ekwueme, who died November 19, 2017.
The archbishop made the observation during a commendation service for the late elder statesman in Enugu on Monday.
Recall that Ngige had claimed that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has spent N1bn since taking over the former vice president’s medical bills while he was sick, and even after his death.
The archbishop described the Federal Government’s claims as “unacceptable.”