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Buhari assures Ekwueme’s family on refund of £200,000 medical bill

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the family of the late former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, of refund of £200,000 incurred as medical bill in London, a top government source told Daily Sun, yesterday.

The president gave the assurance when the Ekwueme family, led by Oko Kingdom’s traditional ruler, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, paid him a thank-you visit, for the Federal Government’s role in the successful burial of the late vice president.

The source said the President assured the family that the federal government will keep its promise to the family.

Others in the delegation were the late Ekwueme’s wife, Mrs Beatrice Alex Ekwueme, his daughter Mrs Chinwe Igwilo and Pastor Goodheart Obi Ekwueme, among others.

The Second Republic vice president died in a London hospital, on November 19, 2017, at 85. He was buried in his hometown, Oko, Anambra State, on February 2.

READ ALSO: Ekwueme: FG, family row deepens over £200,000 medical bill

The family had, in May, raised the alarm that the Federal Government was yet to fulfill its pledge of a refund of hospital expenses on the late Ekwueme.

Reports indicated that although the federal government would pay the money directly to the London hospital, it was learnt that the money was returned to government coffers because the ex-VP’s family had already settled the bill before help came from Abuja.

Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Provence, Anglican Communion, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, in an exclusive chat with Saturday Sun, in May, said six months after the transaction, the family was yet to get the refund.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, Prof. Ekwueme said the meeting was a thank-you visit and to get the federal government to fulfill its promises to the family.

He said: We have come, as family, his spouse, children, members of the family and cabinet of Oko community and other chiefs and friends, to say ‘thank you’ to Mr. President, for the work he did through the committee he set up, under the chairmanship of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, and the presence of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the burial itself.

“And, the immortalisation they gave in renaming the Federal University Ndufu Alike, in Ebonyi State, to Alex Ekwueme Federal University of Technology and all the other things they did towards making his burial a special one.

“And also, in recognising the little efforts that my brother made in building this country.

“We just came to say thank you to Mr. President and his cabinet.”

On what the president’s response was to their visit, the monarch said: “He thanked us for coming to thank him for appreciating what he did and we are grateful that he responded favourably and we look forward to some greater efforts.

“For instance, the federal government has promised to build a mausoleum; we pray that they quicken the pace of that.”

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 20th July 2018 at 7:04 am

    Ekwueme was used by fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria controlled by British bandits and fraudulent criminal America with their fraudulent criminal UN of 20th century world international order. His family is also being used by fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria controlled by British bandits and fraudulent criminal America with their fraudulent criminal UN of 20th century world international order. Shame of a people- shame of a family of ignorant fools. It is Biafra Republic in Disintegrated Republics of the natives which must be defended with the Sword in this final conquest of the Liberation Revolutionary Warfare of the natives which ends in Sokoto- the sit of the satan of this natives territory. All those who stood against Igbos liberation under Biafra Republic of south east- from Zik to date, has paid the price and must pay the price to the full in this final conquest of the Liberation Revolutionary Warfare of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which ends in Sokoto- the sit of the satan of this natives territory. Any this territory native who do not join the Revolution with the Sword now under the natives Disintegrated Republics- Biafra Republic of south east, Niger Delta Republic of south south, Oduduwa Republic of south west, North East Republic, North West Republic, North Central Republic, which ends in Sokoto- the sit of the satan of this natives territory, must go down in the hands of the enemy or with the enemy in this final conquest of the Liberation Revolutionary Warfare of the natives. Nothing on earth will keep fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates in this natives territory of Disintegrated Republics. Nothing on earth will keep the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria in this natives territory of Disintegrated Republics. Nothing on earth will keep the enemy’s brainwashed terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police etc. in this natives territory of Disintegrated Republics. Freedom of northern natives from fulani bondage is a must with the Sword in this final conquest of the Liberation Revolutionary Warfare of the natives. Freedom of this territory natives of this generation from the bondage of the fraudulent political name Nigeria is a must with the Sword in this final conquest of the Liberation Revolutionary Warfare of the natives. God given Victory is the natives. Only the Sword decides. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Kabiyeze 20th July 2018 at 8:21 am

    Ekwueme was an extraordinary hero. He was a very wealthy man before 1978, and used his vast wealth to promote NPN and became the Vice President under Shehu Shagari. He was set to succeed Shagari after his second term, but before his second term could end the ‘born to rule ‘ conspired and pushed Buhari, Babangida, Abacha and other ethnic soldiers forward to stage a Coup and stop the intended Ekwueme (Igbo) presidency. Again, Ekwueme galvanised opposition against Abacha transmutation to civilian President, brought the Six Geopolitical Zones and formed PDP but ruling soldiers and ex soldiers conspired to scuttle Ekwuemes bid for presidency by imposing Obasanjo on PDP. After all these, Ekwueme became very sick last year and Buhari government did not assist to get him urgent medical attention until he died last year, and after his family had settled his medical bill. Buhari was waiting for the family to come and prostrate, and possibly roll on the floor for him before he could refund them the hospital expenses. That they have now done. I doubted if HRH Prof. Laz did not roll on the floor and promised to support his 2019 re-election while begging His Majesty to refund the medical bill. Alex Ekwueme would not have done this nor asked anybody to beg for him if he were alive. At least it is evident that Ekwueme’s money was used in attending to his illness, while his survivors are the ones looking for refunds.

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