The South-East Governors Forum has described the death of former Vice-President Dr Alex Ekwueme as a great loss to the Igbo and Nigeria as a whole.
The elder statesman died at a London clinic at about 10 p.m. on Sunday, according to his brother, Igwe Laz Ekwueme.
Ekwueme was Nigeria’s number two citizen during the administration of President Shehu Shagari from 1979 to 1983.
Chairman of the forum and governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, described Ekwueme’s death as end of an era.
“We commiserate with the Anambra Government and the entire Ekwueme family of Uga in Orumba North Local Government Area of the state over the loss,” he said.
“The death of our father and leader is devastating, especially during this period that his advice is needed most.
“He was a great Nigerian who believed in the unity of the country and we have learnt a lot from his deep political sagacity, as his children.
“We have lost a gem, gentleman, decent politician and academia as the South-East through, its governors would soon map programmes to pay its last respect to the fallen iroko tree.”