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Ibori on Ekwueme: You shed crocodile tears yet you did not allow him to rule Nigeria

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Former governor of Nigeria's Delta state James Ibori attends a social function in Lagos in this file photo taken December 10, 2009. A violent mob prevented police in Nigeria from arresting Ibori, a political powerbroker wanted in connection with money-laundering allegations, police said on Wednesday. Picture taken December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer(NIGERIA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS) - RTR2D3L9

Former Delta Governor, James Ibori has condemned Nigerians for “shedding Crocodile tears” over the death of former Vice-President, Alex Ekwueme.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Tony Eluemunor, the former governor said Nigerians betrayed Ekwueme’s effort to rescue the nation from “political and economic morass will.”

“Even those who betrayed the very effort to make Ekwueme President may begin to, hypocritically, of course, bewail the fact that Ekwueme or the Igboman or woman, never ruled Nigeria.

“Ekwueme was an extraordinary polyvalent scholar who earned multiple degrees in Architecture, urban planning, sociology, history, philosophy and law from several universities. He was a gifted architect whose professional legacies dot various Nigerian cities.

“In politics, he was both gentlemanly and fatherly, introducing mildness even when the others had embraced roughness and irascibility.

“If only we had allowed Ekwueme to rule Nigeria, what example would he have set? Now, we will never know…and Nigeria is the ultimate loser.

“Ekwueme has lived a full life; he has given a radiant account of himself and we all agree he was outstanding,” he said.