President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former Vice President and elder statesman, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme who will turn 85 years tomorrow, October 21, 2017.
President Buhari in a statement on Friday celebrates the octogenarian’s love for knowledge and search for wisdom from an early age which led him into obtaining many degrees in various fields of study, including a doctorate in Architecture, and being one of the first Nigerians to gain the Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States.
The statement which was signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Adesina said, “President Buhari commends the former Vice President’s entrepreneurial spirit in setting up the first indigenous architectural firm in Nigeria, spreading its tentacles to more than 16 cities, until he accepted the national call to serve his father land in 1979 after a long commitment in building his community.”
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Buhari affirms that Ekwueme played a major role in mobilising the group of 34 eminent Nigerians in the 1990s, who moved against all odds in opposing military dictatorship in the country and enabled the foundation of a liberal and inclusive leadership structure.