The Federal Government has renamed the Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo in Ebonyi state after late former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme.
This was confirmed by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo during a funeral service of the deceased at St John the Divine Anglican Church Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra on Friday.
Osinbajo said that Ekwueme was being immortalised for his selfless service, integrity and contributions to national development, adding that the late elder statesman was a true Nigerian icon whose life and times were worthy of celebration.
“Ekwueme was a man of principles, of personal sacrifice for others and service to those who cannot offer him reward,” he said.
In his sermon, Primate Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Dr Nicholas Okoh, described Ekwueme’s burial ceremony as a crusade rather than a funeral service.
Okoh, who tagged his sermon “Get into the Ark” enjoined Nigerians to emulate Ekwueme’s celebrated virtues because the Biblical story Noah’s Ark reminded us of salvation and destruction.
According to him, people who live right 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.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion included, Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr Boss Mustapha, former President, Goodluck Jonathan and his Vice, Alhaji Namadi Sambo, 10 serving governors and bigwigs of the ruling All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party.