‘Ekwueme, epitome of detribalised Nigerian’

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State

Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo has described the late former Vice President Alex Ekwueme as an epitome of a detribalised Nigerian.

Ekwueme, 85, died on Sunday in a London hospital after a brief illness, according to a statement, signed by his younger brother Igwe Laz Ekwueme, a musicologist.

Okorocha, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemedo, issued in Owerri on Monday, noted that Ekwueme launched the Igbos into national politics in the second Republic and refused to be cajoled into playing tribal politics.

He said that after the civil war, Nigerians re-enacted their faith and belief in the Igbos as one of the major tripods of the nation through late Ekwueme by electing him as the vice president to President Shehu Shagari.

The governor noted that until his death, the former vice president remained in the mainstream of…

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