THE family of former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme has dismissed reports making the rounds claiming that the elder statesman is dead.
According to report, news broke on social media that Ekwueme passed on during the weekend in a London hospital.
Irked by the development, the family has described the rumour of his death as “wicked,” stressing that the elder statesman is alive and well and yet to be taken abroad.
In a statement on Tuesday, November 7, by Uche Ezechukwu, the family spokesman, who incidentally is the chairman editorial board of Authority newspaper, the Ekwueme family said: “The wicked rumour making the rounds about the deterioration of the condition of Dr Alex Ekwueme is totally untrue.
“The truth is that elder statesman is alive and well. His condition is not only stabilizing but improving considerably.
“In fact, the former VP has moved from a stage of unconsciousness to a state whereby he now receives visitors, sits up and eats.
“It is also important to inform that Dr Ekwueme is yet to be taken abroad, as the necessary documentation and preliminary are on course and arrangements are being completed.
“Any statement I make on the elder statesman are impeccable and have full authentication of the family,” Ezechukwu said in the statement.
It could be recalled that about a week ago, Ekwueme, reportedly collapsed and was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery, Enugu State.
Based on the report of his critical condition, President Muhammadu Buhari, in line with the protocol and his entitlements as a former vice-president, approved his immediate medical treatment abroad.
It was not clear at press time why the former vice-president was yet to flown abroad for the much needed treatment.
– Nov 7, 2017 @ 15:08 GMT |