A Federal University has been named after the late ex-Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
The Federal Government renamed the Federal University Ndufu Alike, in Ebonyi State, to Alex Ekwueme Federal University, to honour the memory of the late elder statesman.
The Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo revealed the renaming today, Friday, during the funeral service of the late icon.
Describing Ekwueme as a rare gem, Osinbajo said the late leader, during his lifetime, upheld the principles of personal sacrifice and service to humanity.
The VP said: “We celebrate Alex Ekwueme because he practiced 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, the courage of one’s convictions, bravery in the face of terror”.
The funeral of the Ekwueme was held in his hometown in Oko, Anambra State.
Present at the funeral service were late Ekwueme’s family and friends, as well as other high ranking government officials, including former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Mrs Patience and former Vice President Namadi Sambo.
State governors in attendance include Willie Obiano (Anambra), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) among others.