President Muhammadu Buhari has described the second republic Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme ( as one of the founders of Nigeria’s democracy.
In a birthday greeting to Dr. Ekwueme as he clocked 85, the President said that Ekwueme played a major role in mobilizing the group of 34 eminent Nigerians in the 1990s, who moved against all odds in opposing military dictatorship in the country, and enabled the foundation of a liberal and inclusive leadership structure.
Buhari, who joined all former leaders of Nigeria, professional colleagues and friends of the Ekwueme family in celebrating the octogenarian, said that his life’s journey had been a narrative of immeasurable grace, courage and candour.
He recalled Ekwueme’s love for knowledge and search for wisdom which he displayed even at an early age, adding that such quest led Ekwueme into obtaining many degrees in various fields of study, including a doctorate in Architecture even as he became one of the first Nigerians to gain the Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States.
He also acknowledged Ekwueme’s entrepreneurial spirit in setting up the first indigenous architectural firm in Nigeria, spreading its tentacles to more than 16 cities, until he accepted the national call to serve his father land in 1979 after a long commitment in building his community.
President Buhari said that he had many encounters with the former Vice President over the years and found him to be loving, kind, peaceful with deep commitment to seeing Nigeria become one of the greatest countries on earth. [myad]