The death of the a former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, is not a rumour like it had come some days back.

This time, he is dead and President Muhammadu Buhari says he is mourning Dr. Alex Ekwueme, a patriot and statesman.

"His life was marked by an unwavering commitment to the unity and progress of Nigeria; and his personal sacrifices helped lay the foundation for our democracy.

"Dr. Ekwueme lived a worthy life, excelled in professional practice, in business, in politics, in philanthropy. He served Nigeria and humanity. We will miss his counsel and wisdom on national issues.

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"My condolences go to his family, friends, the Government and people of Anambra State, Ndigbo, and to the entire nation. May God grant his family the fortitude to bear this loss," President Buhari posted on his Twitter handle.

The President also sent condolences to Nigerians, and to the Government and people of Anambra State, on the passing away of elder statesman and former Vice President on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

The entire Oko Kingdom, the Aguata Council of Traditional Rulers, and the Ekwueme family were not left out, as President Buhari commiserates with them over the loss of the family’s patriarch.

The President affirms that Dr Ekwueme's unwavering commitment to the unity of Nigeria had been a major encouragement to many governments, recalling the personal sacrifices he made in helping to lay the foundation for sustainable democracy in Nigeria.

President Buhari said Dr Ekwueme worked assiduously to improve the livelihood of many poor and underprivileged people through the Alex Ekwueme Foundation.

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"May his soul rest in peace," he added in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina.

The President prays that the almighty God will receive the soul of the former Vice President, and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Dr. Ekwueme died at a London hospital days after he was flown abroad on the approval of President Buhari.

The former Vice President whose birthday was October 21, died at 85.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) November 20, 2017