The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has renamed the Federal University, Ndufu-Ikwo, Ebonyi State to Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi State.
The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbanjo, made the announcement on Friday during the burial service of the former late, Dr Alex Ekwueme at St John, The Divine Church, Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
He said this was in honour of Ekwueme’s contributions to nation building.
While paying tributes to the late former Vice President, Osinbajo described him as a rare gem who always upheld the principles of personal sacrifice and service to humanity.
He said: “We celebrate Alex Ekwueme because he practiced the eternal principles that set men and women apart from their peers, whether they are poor or rich, famous or unknown; the principles of personal sacrifice for others, service to those who cannot offer a reward, the courage of one’s convictions, bravery in the face of terror”.
It is understood that family, friends, and other top government officials were present at the event which is ongoing in his hometown in Oko, Anambra State.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Mrs Patience, as well as former Vice President Namadi Sambo are among those present at the event.
State governors in attendance include Willie Obiano (Anambra), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) among others.