The Federal Government has renamed the Federal University in Ebonyi State as Alex Ekwueme University.
The university is located in Ndufu Alike Ikwo in Ebonyi.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo announced the honour today at the funeral rites for the former vice-president at the St John of the Divine Church, Oko Anambra state.
The ceremony was attended by former president Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience.
Osinbajo said that Ekwueme, who was Nigeria’s vice-president between October 1979 and December 1983, was being immortalised for his selfless service, integrity and contributions to national development.
He described Ekwueme as a true Nigerian icon and statesman whose life and times were worthy of celebration.
He said he wasn’t only being remembered as an accomplished scholar, or 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 said the deceased showed bravery in the face of terror and set an excellent example of loyalty as a vice president.
“Ekwueme was a man of principles, of personal sacrifice for others and service to those who cannot offer him reward,” he said.
Culled from NAN