Ek­wueme’s fam­ily ex­tols late Sha­gari’s virtues

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

The fam­ily of late for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent, Dr. Alex Ek­wueme, has ex­tolled the virtues of the first ex­ec­u­tive Pres­i­dent of the coun­try, Al­haji Shehu Sha­gari who died on Fri­day.

Ek­wueme who died on Novem­ber 19, 2017 was the Vice Pres­i­dent to Sha­gari dur­ing the sec­ond repub­lic.

Ek­wueme’s first son, Apos­tle Good­heart Obi, in a state­ment on be­half of the fam­ily and the en­tire peo­ple of Oko in Anam­bra State, de­scribed Sha­gari as an ex­am­ple of moral lead­er­ship.

The fam­ily de­scribed late Sha­gari as an epit­ome of high moral lead­er­ship, hav­ing mer­i­to­ri­ously served Nige­ria with­out blem­ish, a virtue he ev­i­dently shared with his late Vice, Dr Ek­wueme.

The Ek­wueme fam­ily noted that Sha­gari had the most cor­dial work­ing re­la­tion­ship with his Vice Pres­i­dent and both had greater hearts of ser­vice for the na­tion.

“They were more na­tion­al­is­tic in their work re­la­tion and even though they both had dif­fer­ent re­li­gious back­grounds, they were not po­lar­ized by the is­sues of reli­gion and tribe. They were first and fore­most Nige­ri­ans be­fore Chris­tians or Mus­lims, Fu­lani or Igbo. They were both self­less,” the fam­ily said.

The fam­ily re­called that Sha­gari again demon­strated his hu­mil­ity in his mes­sage through his son, Aminu Sha­gari, at Ek­wueme’s burial, where he said he chose him as his Vice Pres­i­dent be­cause of his im­pec­ca­ble in­tegrity and char­ac­ter.

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