NIGERIA: FIRST NIGERIAN CIVILIAN VICE-PRESIDENT PASSES ON AT 85

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· Ekwueme, who celebrated his 85th birthday on October 21, was reported to have collapsed at his home on October 29 and was rushed to Memfys Hospital of Neurosurgery, flown to London in an air ambulance on November 12.

· Passes on at the London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.

“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,” his brother Professor Laz Ekwueme said in a statement.

Ekwueme was elected as Nigeria’s vice president in 1979, a position he held until December 1983 when the Shehu Shagari government was overthrown in a military coup in December 1983.