Kingsley Moghalu, former CBN Deputy governor have added his voice to the growing tribute for late Alex Ekwueme who died Sunday night in a London clinic.
Moghalu in a statement described the former Vice President as an entrepreneur who defined new generation of indigenous architects and the epitome of excellence and selfless service.
The statement read: “I am deeply saddened about the passing of Chief Alex Ekwueme, former Vice President of Nigeria and the Ide of Oko. Nigeria has lost a rare gem, Anambra a kinsman, Africa a true statesman who dedicated a lifetime to service.
“On behalf of myself, and the entire family of the late Elder Isaac Moghalu, my late father, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of the Ide.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his son, Pastor Goodheart Obi Ekwueme who was my church pastor in Abuja while I was with the CBN, his daughter Mrs. Chidi Onyemelukwe and her husband Dr. Okey Onyemelukwe, who are close friends of my wife and I.
“Dr. Ekwueme lived a life of inspirational vision in both private and public service. As an entrepreneur, he defined new generation of indigenous architects when he founded Ekwueme Associates, Architects and Town Planners, the first of its kind in Nigeria, a bold statement that defined a Nigeria proud of its homegrown talent.
“As the first elected Vice President of this country, he was the epitome of excellence and selfless service to his nation and to the people he served. Ide drove socio-economic and educational advancement of all Nigerians. He was an example of true courage in the midst of adversity.
“:As we mourn our father, kinsman, mentor, friend and fellow comrade, let us remember to uphold the values he believed in. Let us as citizens stride forward together and work for a more prosperous and egalitarian society.
“His legacy demands much of us; asking us to be active participants in seeking the leadership that can truly make Nigeria the very best version of itself as a country, of us as a people.
“That is surely the best way to keep his memory alive.
Ekwueme was said to have died late Sunday night after he battled with what the family said was a chest infection.