The social media sphere was this morning, awash with reports of the death of second republic Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme. The family of the octogenarian has come out to debunk those rumours as false.
According to the online rumour, the former VP and presidential aspirant died at the age of 85 in a London hospital this morning.
The Igbo elder statesman has been sick of late. He reportedly collapsed two weeks ago in his Enugu residence and was admitted at the Neurosurgery section of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Memphys Hospital in Enugu
President Muhamadu Buhari approved his treatment last week and he was subsequently flown out of the country ostensibly by an air ambulance.
The family has described the rumour of his death as “wicked”; stressing that the elder statesman is alive and well and is yet to be taken abroad.
In a statement on Tuesday by the family spokesman, Mr. Uche Ezechukwu, who incidentally is the Chairman Editorial Board of Authority newspaper, the Ekwueme family said: “The wicked rumour making the rounds about the deterioration of the condition of Dr Alex Ekwueme is totally untrue.
“The truth is that elder statesman is alive and well. His condition is not only stabilizing but improving considerably.
“In fact, the former VP has moved from a stage of unconsciousness to a state whereby he now receives visitors, sits up and eats.
“It is also important to inform that Dr Ekwueme is yet to be taken abroad, as the necessary documentation and preliminary are on course and arrangements are being completed.
“Any statement I make on the elder statesman are impeccable and have full authentication of the family,” Ezechukwu said in the statement.