*As he was given befitting National burial
*Osinbajo, Jonathan, Governors, politicians honour him
Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, are among the AA list of the nation’s best who were in attendance at the funeral service of Dr Alex Ekwueme, the nation’s former Vice President in the Second Republic who was buried in Oko in Anambra State on Friday.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Mrs Patience, as well as former Vice President Namadi Sambo, are among those present at the event.
State governors in attendance include Willie Obiano (Anambra), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) among others.
However, the Federal Government has renamed Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (FUNAI) in Ebonyi State after late former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme.
Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo conveyed the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari while delivering a speech at the funeral service held for the late statesman in Oko, Anambra state.
The university would now be known as Dr. Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State.
According to Osinbajo, the decision to rename the school was a way of immortalising the late architect who has been described by many as humility personified.
Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (FUNAI) in Ebonyi State of Nigeria was founded on 26th February, 2011.
The funeral service was attended by past presidents and vice presidents, serving governors, lawmakers, very prominent politicians and statesmen.
As at the time of this report, he has been buried while his children and grand children had to lay bouquet of roses in his last place. Thereafter, the grave was covered with earth completing the process.
Ekwueme died at the age of 85 at a London hospital where he was flown to after he took ill and slumped.
Ekwueme who was Vice President to President Shehu Shagari was ousted in a coup staged by military officers led by Brigadier Muhammadu Buhari on 31st December 1983.
He attended the University of London; King’s College; Lagos, Nigerian Law School; University of Strathclyde and University of Washington.
He is the Ide of the Oko kingdom in Anambra State, where his younger brother, Lazarus, is the traditional ruler.
He was also honoured by the council of Traditional Rulers in the old Aguata as the Ide of Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State comprising forty-four (44) towns.
Ekwueme is a distinguished architect who started his professional career as an Assistant Architect with a Seattle-based firm, Leo A. Daly and Associates, and also with the London-based firm Nickson and Partners.
He worked briefly with ESSO West Africa, Lagos, overseeing the Construction and Maintenance department.
He founded Ekwueme Associates, Architects and Town Planners, the first indigenous architectural firm in Nigeria.