The family of former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, on Tuesday, denied the report making the rounds that the elder statesman is dead.
The said report in the social media claimed that Ekwueme passed on during the weekend in a London hospital.
It would be recalled that a week ago, Ekwueme, was reported to have collapsed and was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery, Enugu State.
Concerned about Ekwueme’s state of health, President Muhammadu Buhari approved that he should be flown abroad for immediate medical treatment.
While stating that the elder statesman is alive and well and is yet to be taken abroad, the family described the report making the round as “wicked.”
The statement issued by the family spokesman of the Ekwueme’s family, Mr. Uche Ezechukwu, who incidentally is the Chairman Editorial Board of Authority newspaper, reads:
“The wicked rumour making the rounds about the deterioration of the condition of Dr Alex Ekwueme is totally untrue.
“The truth is that elder statesman is alive and well. His condition is not only stabilizing but improving considerably.
“In fact, the former VP has moved from a stage of unconsciousness to a state whereby he now receives visitors, sits up and eats.
“It is also important to inform that Dr Ekwueme is yet to be taken abroad, as the necessary documentation and preliminary are on course and arrangements are being completed.
“Any statement I make on the elder statesman are impeccable and have full authentication of the family,” Ezechukwu said in the statement.