THE Rochas Foundation has described the late former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, as a colossal loss to the Igbo, Nigeria and the African continent.
Director General Mrs Uloma Rochas Nwosu, in a statement in Owerri, described Ekwueme as “a father to the founder of the group Owelle Rochas Okorocha and an icon greatly admired by all.
“Dr Ekwueme was an inspiration to the Rochas Foundation. His contributions and strategic partnership with us were invaluable. he was a father to our founder, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and led exemplary life worthy of emulation/ he was an icon to the Igbo nation, Nigeria and the African continent.”
Mrs Nwosu recalled with fond memories Dr Ekwueme’s visits to the foundation offices in Abuja and Owerri, noting that the late Vice President completely associated with the vision and aspirations of the foundation.
“He was not a secret admirer. He openly identified with the vision and aspirations of the Rochas Foundation. When time permitted, he paid us several courtesy visits and was particularly willing to help, however little that may be. we were always challenged by his empathy and humanity”, she added.
The DG in the condolence statement further prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest, while hoping that his family, Anambra State, Igbo nation, Nigeria and the African continent would have the fortitude to bear the loss.
“Our prayers are with his immediate family, Anambra State, Igbo nation, Nigeria and the African continent. we ask god to grant them fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. we also pray for eternal rest for the late Vice President. We share in the pain of those affected by this unexpected death. may god lightup our hearts and give us joy,” she concluded.