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Shagari mourns passage of his second in command, says Ekwueme was a brother

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Former President, Shehu Shagari has condoled with the family of the late former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme who died on Sunday night.

In a statement on Monday in Sokoto, Shagari, said that Ekwueme’s death was a huge loss to the entire nation.

Ekwueme, was Vice President during Shagari Administration in the Second Republic – 1979 to 1983. He died in a London hospital at 85.

Shagari described him as a brother and a humble Nigerian who contributed in various capacities to the nation’s development.

“It is with deep sense of loss that I learned about the demise of my brother and former vice president.

“On behalf of my family, I sincerely commiserate with Nigerians on his death. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.