President Muha has renamed Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (FUNAI) in Ebonyi State after late former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme. Vice President,

Yemi Osinbajo conveyed the directive of President Buhari while delivering a speech at the funeral service held for the late statesman in Oko, Anambra State on Friday.

The University would know 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 immortalizing the late architect who has been describes by many as humility personified.

The government of former President Goodluck Jonathan established the university February 26, 2011. 

“It is a singular and honour and privilege for me to join you here today to celebrate the life and times of a true Nigerian icon and statesman, Alex Ekwueme, grand commander of the order of the Niger (GCON),” Osinbajo said.

“We do not rememeber him today because he was an accomplished scholar, although he was, how many professors can boast of seven university degrees? Neither do we celebrate him because of his architectural prowess, although he established an architectural firm- considered a best in class- and it won him both fame and fortune.

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“We also do not celebrate him merely because he has held high public office- and he did-making history as the first elected civilian vice president of Nigeria. We celebrate Alex Ekwueme because he practised the eternal principles that set men and women apart from their peers, whether they are poor or rich, famous or unknown.

“The principles of personal sacrifice for others, service to those who cannot offer a reward, courage of one’s convictions, bravery in the face of terror. As vice president, he set an excellent example of loyalty, discipline, team spirit, fidelity to the nation and all its peoples.

“Alex Ekwueme now lives in the hearts of the multitudes of those he profoundly touched, those who cannot repay, those who his generosity and kindness transformed in tangible and intangible ways.

“No reward or commendation will ever be truly sufficient from a grateful nation to one of her best and brightest sons.

“We therefore offer a token- and so it’s my pleasure to announce that in the commemoration of the life and contribution of our nation, by Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, GCON, the President of the federal republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved and directed that the Federal University Ndufo Alike, Ebonyi state, be now renamed and become known as the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufo Alike, Ebonyi state.”

The funeral service was attended by past presidents and vice presidents, serving governors, lawmakers, very prominent politicians and statesmen.

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 31 December 1983.

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