Name national asset after Ekwueme, South-East leaders tell Buhari

Name national asset after Ekwueme, South-East leaders tell Buhari
January 22 20:19 2018

By Ahmed Idris 

Leaders and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the South-East on Monday called on urged President Muhammadu Buhari to name some national assets after former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, who died in a London hospital on November 19, 2017.

The APC leaders and stalwarts had a close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, leader of the delegation and Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said naming an asset after Ekwueme would show that the nation is appreciative of his important contributions to nation building.

“We also thanked the President for the role the federal government is playing under his leadership on the burial of one of our very great sons, former Vice President of this great nation, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.

“And we told him that the people of the South East will be happy if a national asset is named after him as a way to show that the nation is also appreciative of his important contributions to nation building,” he said.

The minister said the APC leadership in the South East has in December last year endorsed the President for a second term and that they reaffirmed their position during Monday’s meeting.

“We have come today to reaffirm that and to assure Mr. President that the party is working very hard to win future election,” he said.

Asked if the meeting was all about politics and nothing on what is bothering the south east, Onu said, “Oh yes. We first commended the president on the efforts he is making to make sure that there is development in the South East. For example, the major roads that run through the five states, if you take the Enugu-Port Harcourt Road, Enugu-Onitsha-Owerri road, this administration has worked very hard.”