Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
Senator Theodore Orji has said that Nigeria cannot honour former vice president Dr. Alex Ekwueme enough in view of Ekwueme’s sacrifices for the emergence of the present democratic dispensation in the country.
Orji stated this in an exclusive interview with our correspondent after attending the funeral ceremony of the late elder statesman in Oko, Anambra State in his constituency office in Umuahia, Abia State capital.
“His death has created very big holes if not craters both in the political landscape of the country and the minds of the people which will take sometime to close,” noted the federal lawmaker.
He said after his emergence in the office in 1979, Ekwueme had remained one of the rallying points and strongest advocates of democratic government in the country even during the long period of military interruptions.
The former governor of the state recalled how during the crisis that arose from the annulment of the result of the 1993 presidential election, Ekwueme dared the military to chair the All Politicians Summit.
He also mentioned how the late vice president demonstrated uncommon courage when he organised a meeting of 34 eminent Nigerians, which latter became the G-34 to presurize the military to leave.
According to him, “It was this same group that latter became the now famous Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that held power for 16 solid uninterrupted years after the exit of the military.”
Orji, representing Abia Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly stressed that the South East states governments as ” his home base should endeavour to immortalise him as a fallen national hero.”
The former two-term governor, who said the shoe, “the fallen national hero left behind is too large,” prayed God to raise other leaders in his place, lest his absence be felt for too long.
“I sympathise with his immediate family and the entire people of Anambra state over the irreparable loss; we all should take solace that the former vice president died a fulfilled man,” he concluded.