Alex Ekwueme: FG disappoints family of ex-VP

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Alex Ekuweme is Nigeria's former VP

Reports also say that Ekwueme’s family were asked to speak to their state government about taking care of his medical bills.

The Family of former Vice-President, Alex Ekwueme have expressed dismay at the sudden change of by the Federal Government regarding the sponsorship of the elder statesman’s treatment.

According to Vanguard, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari released an air ambulance for the ex-VP’s travel to London, and told the family that the Federal Government could no longer bear the cost of treatment.

Reports also say that Ekwueme’s family were asked to speak to their state government about the matter.

A source from the family who spoke on the issue, said “We are not surprised about the development because Ekwueme has not been receiving his entitlements from this administration. The Federal Government was not pressurised to make the promise. It did so on its own volition.

 “ It is not as if our family could not have treated him in the best hospital in any part of the world. Even if they are not treating him, let them pay him his entitlements when he is still alive. They should not wait until he dies so that they will come and pay tributes to him as the best man while alive.”

Presidency's statement

The presidency had earlier announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered that the former VP be flown abroad for treatment.

The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate medical treatment of former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, outside the country.

“The approval followed a brief the president received Friday on the medical condition of the former Vice-President.

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“The approval covers the immediate charter of an Air Ambulance for the emergency movement and the cost of treatment.

“President Buhari prays that God will grant the elder statesman speedy recovery.”

The air ambulance which carried the former Vice-President, left the tarmac of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu around 8:37 am on Sunday, November 12, 2017.