The Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Enugu, Emmanuel Chukwuma, dismissed as false, the rumoured death of Second Republic Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, confirming that the elder statesman is alive, waiting to be flown abroad for medical attention.
Chukwuma disclosed this on Tuesday after visiting the Ex-Vice President in hospital on Tuesday, reports Punch.
Rumour, which spread through the social media, had it that Ekwueme had passed on at the Memphys Hospital of Neurosurgery, Enugu in the early hours of Tuesday.
The octogenarian was hospitalised after collapsing at his residence in the Independence Layout on October 28.
Reports of Ekwueme’s demise led to confusion and anxiety in Enugu on Tuesday as the elder statesman’s associates, as well as members of the public, scrambled to confirm the development.
However, Bishop Chukwuma debunked the reports after visiting Ekwueme in the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
It was learnt that the former Vice-President is one of the Archbishop’s parishioners at The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Independence Layout, Enugu.
In an encounter with journalists when he came out of Ekwueme’s ward in the hospital at about 2.25 pm, Chukwuma declared that the elder statesman was alive, and not dead.
He also revealed that Ekwueme was waiting to be flown abroad.
“The rumour making the rounds is not true. I can tell you as we speak that arrangements are being finalised by the Federal Government to get an air ambulance to fly him abroad as soon as the government gets an air ambulance,” the cleric said.
Chukwuma did not provide further details as he hurried out of the hospital.
Ekwueme, who celebrated his 85th birthday on October 10, is said to be suffering from a chest infection, according to a statement released by his family.