The Federal Government has renamed Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (FUNAI) in Ebonyi State after late former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme.
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo conveyed the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari while delivering a speech at the funeral service held for the late statesman in Oko, Anambra state.
The university would now be known as Dr. Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State.
According to him, the decision to rename the school was a way of immortalizing the late architect who has been describes by many as humility personified.
Osinbajo said that Ekwueme was being immortalised for his selfless service, integrity and contributions to national development.
He described Ekwueme was a true Nigerian icon and statesman whose life and times was worthy of celebration.
He said he wasn’t only being remembered as an accomplished scholar neither for his architectural prowess or for having occupied high public offices but because he practiced eternal principles that set men and women apart from their peers whether they were poor or rich.
Osinbajo showed bravery in the face if terror and set an excellent example of loyalty as a vice president.
“Ekwueme was a man of principles of personal sacrifice for others, service to those who cannot offer him reward,” he said.
Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (FUNAI) in Ebonyi State of Nigeria was founded on Feb. 26, 2011.
In his sermon, Primate Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Dr Nicholas Okoh described Ekwueme’s burial ceremony as a crusade rather than funeral service.
Okoh said a lot had been said about the good Christian upbringing, public service, educational accomplishments and noted that Nigerians should emulate his virtues.
Okoh who tagged his sermon “Get into the Ark” said that the Biblical story Noah’s Ark reminds us of salvation and destruction.
He noted that if people lived right, you will enjoy Divine fellowship when they die and condemnation if they lived badly.
“Even if you are doing business, in public service or in the Lord’s vineyard and you lack integrity, things will not work fine,” he said.
The Primate consoled the late Ekwueme’s family and thanked God them for having a like their late patriarch among them.
Some of the dignitaries who graced the occasion include, Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr Boss Mustapha, former President, Goodluck Jonathan and his Vice, Alhaji Namadi Sambo, 10 serving governors.
Others were Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Alhaji Bola Tinubu, National President of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nwodo, National Chairmen of the All Progressive Grand Congress, Peoples Democratic Party, Dr John Oyegun and Uche Secondus among others
Ekwueme died at the age of 85 at a London hospital where he was flown to after he took ill and slumped.
Ekwueme who was Vice President to President Shehu Shagari was ousted in a coup staged by military officers led by Brigadier Muhammadu Buhari on Dec. 31, 1983.
He attended the University of London; King’s College; Lagos, Nigerian Law School; University of Strathclyde and University of Washington.
He is the Ide of the Oko kingdom in Anambra State, where his younger brother, Lazarus, is the traditional ruler.
He was also honoured by the council of Traditional Rulers in the old Aguata as the Ide of Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State comprising forty-four (44) towns.
Ekwueme is a distinguished architect who started his professional career as an Assistant Architect with a Seattle-based firm, Leo A. Daly and Associates, and also with the London-based firm Nickson and Partners.
He worked briefly with ESSO West Africa, Lagos, overseeing the Construction and Maintenance department.
He founded Ekwueme Associates, Architects and Town Planners, the first indigenous