July 20, 2024

The National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, Dr. Victor Oye has said the N1bn budgeted for the state burial of former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme is not much.

Oye added that Ekwueme deserves more than the amount.

Speaking with Punch, Oye described the late Ekwueme as a man of means who, on his own, achieved greatness.

He said, “What is N1bn to Ekwueme? He deserved more than that.  “Ekwueme is worth more than N100bn by his personal achievements. He was a rich man by every definition. If I were the Federal Government, I wouldn’t have pronounced the figure because Ekwueme deserved more than that. He deserved a befitting burial for what he did for this country.  “He was a detribalised Nigerian; wealthy but humble.”

Describing Ekwueme as the highest ranking Igbo man that ever existed since after the civil war of 1967-1970, Oye said, “Nigerians yet unborn would remember this great man because his contributions to national development were immense.”

He also suggested naming a street after him in Abuja, setting up a foundation in his name or naming a Federal University after him as possible means of immortalising the Ex-VP.

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