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Ekwueme’s Memory Should Encourage Nigeria’s Different Nationalities To Remain One – VP Osinbajo

 

REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PROF. YEMI OSINBAJO, SAN, GCON, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE PARADE OF HONOUR HELD FOR THE LATE DR. ALEX IFEANYICHUKWU EKWUEME AT THE PRESIDENTIAL WING, NNAMDI AZIKWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ABUJA ON MONDAY, 29 JANUARY, 2018.

I am deeply honoured this morning on behalf of the President, Commander- In- Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari to receive the body of the first elected civilian Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger.

As we receive his body this morning, we are reminded of his selfless service to nation, our region, Africa and indeed the world. We are reminded of his commitment to the timeless ideals of integrity, loyalty and of kindness to all.

We thank the almighty God for giving us, 85 glorious years of Dr. Alex Ekwueme. When he was asked what his vision was for the country, he said, I would like to see Nigeria be a Nation not just a country.

Those words tell us how committed he was to the unity of this country, and I pray that in death and as we remember him, this will not only encourage us but also cement the relationship between all of the peoples and nationalities of this country so that we become and remain one. 

We thank the almighty God for his family, and for all of us he left behind. We pray that his great wishes for this nation and all that he sacrificed for, will not be in vain. 

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity

Office of the Vice President

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