Nigeria’s former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, is dead. He died at the age of 85. His brother and the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, said the former Vice President, died by 10:00pm in a London clinic, on Sunday.

In a statement, he said: “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.” The 85-year-old architect was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria. He served in office from 1979 to 1983. Several weeks ago, he slumped in his Enugu residence. He was immediately taken to the Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital Enugu, where went into coma. As soon as he was stabilised in the hospital he was flown to London in an air ambulance last week, as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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