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    Ekwueme’s family says Shagari was selfless

Ekwueme’s family says Shagari was selfless

The family of former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme has described Shehu Shagari as an epitome of high moral leadership who served Nigeria without any blemish. Ekwueme, who died on November 19, 2017, was vice-president under Shagari between 1979 and 1983. In a statement signed by Goodheart Ekwueme, the former vice president's first son, the family said Shagari had the most cordial working relationship [...]

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    SHOCKER: Atiku ‘saved Obasanjo from near bankruptcy’ before 1999

SHOCKER: Atiku ‘saved Obasanjo from near bankruptcy’ before 1999

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar reportedly saved ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo from near bankruptcy before he was elected president in 1999. According to a new book titled ‘Too Good to Die: Third Term and the Myth of the Indispensable Man in Africa’, Atiku made all his resources available for Obasanjo's presidential campaign. The book was written by Chidi Odinkalu, former chairman of the National [...]

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    FG ‘yet to refund’ £200,000 used for Ekwueme’s treatment

FG ‘yet to refund’ £200,000 used for Ekwueme’s treatment

The federal government has reportedly not refunded the £200,000 used in the treatment of the late former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme. Ekwueme died in a London hospital in November 2017, at the age 85. Prior to that, the federal government had undertaken to fund his medical treatment abroad. Upon his death, it also set up a committee to oversee his burial. However, six months [...]

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    Buhari absent but Jonathan attends Ekwueme’s burial

Buhari absent but Jonathan attends Ekwueme’s burial

President Muhammadu Buhari did not attend the burial of Alex Ekwueme, former vice-president who died in London last year. But ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was among the dignitaries who witnessed the burial of the distinguished Nigerian in Oko, Anambra state. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation; Chris Ngige, minister of labour, were in the government’s delegation to [...]

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    FG renames Federal University Ebonyi after Ekwueme

FG renames Federal University Ebonyi after Ekwueme

The federal government has renamed the Federal University Nduflu Alike, Ebonyi state, after Alex Ekwueme, former vice-president, who died in London last year. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo announced this at a funeral service for the deceased in Oko, Anambra state. Osinbajo said the government decided to rename the school after the great Nigerian as a way of immortalising him. "It is a singular and honour [...]

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    I trusted Ekwueme, says Shagari

I trusted Ekwueme, says Shagari

Former President Shehu Shagari has described Alex Ekwueme as a vice- president he trusted while their service to the nation lasted. Shagari also said because of the deep trust he had for Ekweme it was difficult for mischief makers to drive a wedge between them. The Second Republic president said this in a tribute in Enugu on Thursday. The deceased was a close [...]

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    How Shagari picked Ekwueme as VP

How Shagari picked Ekwueme as VP

On September 20 1978, the National Party of Nigeria was formed at a hall at the Satellite Town, Lagos. Protem officers were later appointed for the party. Alhaji Muhammed Aminu Kano (1920-1983) was made interim Publicity Secretary but he opted out and went to form The People’s Redemption Party(PRP) along with Mr. Samuel Gomsu Ikoku, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, Kanmi Ishola [...]

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    Tinubu: If Ekwueme was allowed his rightful role in PDP, Nigeria would’ve been better

Tinubu: If Ekwueme was allowed his rightful role in PDP, Nigeria would’ve been better

Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says Nigeria would have been a better place if the late former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme was allowed to play his rightful role in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In a tribute to the deceased on Monday, Tinubu said those who cherish democracy must not forget the former vice-president. The APC leader said [...]

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    PHOTOS: Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara honour Ekwueme

PHOTOS: Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara honour Ekwueme

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President  Bukola Saraki; and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, were among those who received the remains of former Vice-President  Alex Ekwueme at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday. Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture was also present at the event. Here are some pictures:   [...]

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    Ekwueme was a loyal deputy, says Shagari

Ekwueme was a loyal deputy, says Shagari

Former President Shehu Shagari has described the late Alex Ekwueme, who was his deputy between 1979 and 1983 as a trusted ally. Shagari said this on Sunday at an event put together in honour of Ekwueme. The event was organised by the national burial committee led by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF). The ex-president said he chose Ekwueme [...]

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    Alex Ekwueme to be buried on Feb 2

Alex Ekwueme to be buried on Feb 2

The burial committee set up to plan a state burial for late Alex Ekwueme says the former vice-president will be buried on February 2. Mustapha Boss, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), made this known while briefing reporters in Abuja on Thursday. Mustapha, who is the chairman of the committee, was represented by Chris Ngige, minister of labour, who is [...]

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    ‘Fresh PDP’, Maina’s recall, Buhari’s vacation… top 10 political incidents of 2017

‘Fresh PDP’, Maina’s recall, Buhari’s vacation… top 10 political incidents of 2017

What would you say is the most prominent political event in Nigeria in 2017? President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical vacation or the controversy generated by the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina? What about the conventions of the Peoples Democratic Party? Or the sack of Babachir Lawal and Ayo Oke, two top shots in Buhari’s government? Which would you pick ahead of the others? Difficult [...]

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    Ekwueme to be given state burial

Ekwueme to be given state burial

The federal government has inaugurated an 11-member committee to organise a state burial for late former vice-president Alex Ekwueme who died on November 19 at a London hospital. Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), while inaugurating the committee on Tuesday urged it ensure that the late Ekwueme gets a befitting state burial. Mustapha, who is also the chairman [...]

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    FG abandoned Ekwueme to die in London hospital, says CD

FG abandoned Ekwueme to die in London hospital, says CD

The Campaign for Democracy (CD) has accused the federal government of contributing to the death of Alex Ekwueme, former vice-president. Ekwueme died on November 20 in a London hospital. The federal government had directed that the former vice-president should be flown abroad for treatment and had taken responsibility for his medical expenses. Speaking on Monday, CD, through Uzor Uzor, its national publicity secretary [...]

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    SGF heads FG committee on Ekwueme’s burial

SGF heads FG committee on Ekwueme’s burial

The federal government has inaugurated a committee for the burial of former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme. Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), is the head of the committee. Laolu Akande, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the Vice-President made this known when he briefed state house correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the national economic council [...]

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    Ibori: The nation that betrayed Ekwueme now shedding crocodile tears

Ibori: The nation that betrayed Ekwueme now shedding crocodile tears

James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, says late Alex Ekwueme, former vice-president, is being mourned by a nation which failed to allow him rescue it from "political and economic morass will. According to Ibori, Nigerians are "shedding crocodile tears" over the passing of Ekwueme. In a statement by Tony Eluemunor, his spokesman, Ibori said Nigeria is the biggest loser in Ekwueme's [...]

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