By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Nnewi—Former Vice President Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, yesterday, at Ekwulobia, the Headquarters of Aguata Local Government Area, Anambra state, called on wealthy Nigerians and prominent politicians in the country to show love and concern to fellow Nigerians.
The former Vice President spoke yesterday when the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Aguata Branch, which he is a member, hosted and felicitated with him as part of activities marking his 83rd birthday, at the bar center located at the LGA headquarters.
The NBA Aguata Branch in an addressed to Chief Ekwueme, presented by its Chairman, Mr. Sabastine Anyia, described him as “a nation builder, and a mighty man of valour. We are not unaware that he had his ups and down as a child when growing up. As a politician, he was confronted with deceit, lies, fake and difficult people with horrible characters, but he kept his cool.
“Chief Ekwueme set out each day believing in his dreams. He knew without doubt that he was created by God Almighty for amazing things. He never prayed for easy life and always prayed to be a strong man. He is a shining example to this generation. To him, real integrity is doing right thing and knowing that nobody is going to know whether you did it or not.
“He is a perfect gentleman and words of mouth are inadequate to address him. He is the ideal democrat, the quintessential state man, the man of letters, Ide Aguata (the pride of Aguata) , the pride of Aguata bar, great lover of education and founder of institutions. He is man of uncommon wisdom, integrity, probity and candour, founder of G34, founding father of Peoples Democratic Party and above all, unparalleled believer of the project called Nigeria.”
In his speech, the NBA National Executive Council representative for Aguata branch of NBA, Aniazoka M.C. Uzoka, said “Chief Dr Ekwueme is one of the most spotless politicians we have in Nigeria, who have been found very clean by the tribunal set up to prosecute him.
“His humility is second to none, his sense of responsibility and commitment to what the bar stands for is unparalleled. We appreciate him as a father and a role model,” he said.
He called on the “Federal Government to take more interest to what happens in Chief Ekwueme’s house, by tackling the menacing erosion that is threatening to carry his family house in Oko. The house is our former Vice President”s and deserves immediate attention. Otherwise, one day, we will find him inside erosion.”
In his remark the, Public Relations Officer of the bar, Chief Livinus Nwokike, described Chief Ekwueme as exemplary and unprecedented Nigerian leader worth emulating by future leaders.