South East governors comprising Governors David Umahi of Ebonyi State; Willie Obiano of Anambra State; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, on Monday, received the body of late former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The body of the former vice president arrived the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu at exactly 2:08 pm in Nigeria Air Force plane marked NAF 918 from Abuja.
Other dignitaries who were at the airport to receive the body of the late Vice President include President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. John Nnia Nwodo; Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma; and National Chairman of United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie among others.
In a brief ceremony, the South East governors, one after the other, paid their last respects to the former vice president.
But the Anglican Bishop of Enugu, His Grace, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, faulted the Federal Government claims that it has spent N1billion for his burial.
Bishop Chukwu, who prayed for the successful burial of the late Dr. Ekwueme, described the publication credited to the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, that Federal Government have spent N1 billion for the burial as unacceptable.
He said the Federal Government should explain what, where and how the N1 billion it claimed to have spent on the burial of late Dr. Ekwueme, stressing that late Ekwueme being an accountable man, Federal Government must give account on how the N1 billion was spent.
Chukwuma described Ekwueme as a great politician in Nigeria that will never be forgotten as far as politics is concerned in this country.
“We are happy that the government is giving him a befitting burial, but one thing is that people should emulate the legacies he left behind.
“It is not good to say all sorts of things without emulating what he left behind,” Chukwuma added.