By Emeka Odogwu
Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Anglican Communion, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma has been vindicated over his alarm in May 2018 that President Muhammadu Buhari’s led federal government was yet to pay late former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, the hospital bills incurred in London.
Archbishop Chukwuma’s claim was vindicated when President Buhari recently assured the family of the late former Vice President of refund of £200,000 incurred as medical bill in London.
The president gave the assurance when the Ekwueme family, led by Oko Kingdom’s traditional ruler, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, paid him a thank-you-visit for the Federal Government’s role in the successful burial of the late Vice President.
The source said the President assured the family that the Federal Government would keep its promise to the family.
Others in the delegation were late Ekwueme’s wife, Mrs Beatrice, his daughter, Mrs Chinwe Igwilo and Pastor Goodheart Obi Ekwueme, among others.
The Second Republic Vice President died in a London hospital, on November 19, 2017, at 85. He was buried in his hometown, Oko, Anambra State, on February 2.
Reports indicated that although the Federal Government would pay the money directly to the London hospital, it was learnt that the money was returned to government’s coffers because the ex-VP’s family had already settled the bill before help came from Abuja.
Prof. Ekwueme had said the meeting with President Buhari was a thank-you-visit and to get the federal government to fulfil its promises to the family.