Nigeria’s Second Republic vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, is dead.
The elder statesman’s death was disclosed in a statement issued by one of the Ekwueme family of Oko, in Anambra State. Igwe Laz Ekwueme said that he died by 10:00 pm in a London hospital, Sunday.
The statement read: “Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Alex Ekwueme Ifeanyichukwu GCON.
“The sad event occurred at the London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017.”
The former vice president, who turned 85 in October, reportedly collapsed in his Enugu residence a few weeks ago.
He was immediately taken to the Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital, Enugu, where he relapsed and went into a coma.
President Muhammadu Buhari subsequently directed that he be immediately flown abroad for urgent medical treatment.
Mr. Buhari authorized the trip after being briefed on Mr. Ekwueme’s condition.