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Anambra mourn Ekwueme,
Governor Willie Obiano received the remains of Late former Vice-president, Dr Alex Ekwueme which arrived Anambra State today. 
The remains of late Dr Ekwueme was handed over in a brief ceremony which was also attended by Deputy-governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, President-general, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, top State government functionaries among others, after which a short prayer was said and the proceeding commenced. 
From Amansea, Governor Obiano escorted the motorcade carrying the corpse to the Government House, Awka where the casket was transferred to a cart driven by horses before journeying down to Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka for a commendation ceremony in the company of pall bearers. 
At the Alex Ekwueme Square Awka, the body was received by a massive crowd comprising Senators, former governors and deputy governors, traditional rulers, the clergy among numerous others. 
Governor Obiano in a tribute, described the Late Dr Ekwueme as a foremost nationalist whose name should go down history as the pillar of modern day Nigeria especially in view of his contributions towards the socio-political development of Nigeria. 
The governor said the demise of late Dr Ekwueme as a big loss to Anambra State and to his administration in particular, as the deceased was a source of wisdom, motivation and support to him. 
He appealed to the Federal government to immortalize the late Elder statesman by naming a national monument after him in honour of his outstanding legacies and to impress on the younger generation, the need to be committed to the cause of the nation. 
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige in his remarks, said the late Dr Ekwueme was a total Nigerian, a unifier and a perfect gentleman, whose life poses a model for contemporary politicians especially as it concerns uprightness and expressed appreciation to Governor Obiano for his efforts at giving the late Elder statesman a befitting burial. 
For his part, the President General, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, said Anambra State is a signpost of God's blessings on the Igbo race and the late Dr Ekwueme is yet another son of the soil who has left indelible prints in the sands of time, calling on the younger generation to learn from him and think of how to bring honor to the race. 
Earlier in a sermon, the Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, the Right Reverend Alexander Ibezim pointed out that death should always remind the living that life is a journey and awaken their consciousness to the need to live right every moment, noting that the greatest respect the society can accord the deceased is to emulate his humility and passion to touch lives. 
Police parade, performances by pall bearers as well as special music rendition by various choir groups added colour to the ceremony. 
From Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, the body proceeded to Oko in Orumba North Council Area, home of the Octogenarian where he will interred today.










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