Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Mourns Late President-General Obiozor
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has reacted to the death of its President-General, Prof George Obiozor.
The group said the death of Obiozor came to it as a shock because he had sacrificed his personal comfort in the service of the Igbo nation.
Naija News understand that the group, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, described its late leader as the iconic diplomat who would be remembered for “irrepressible courage, candour, tolerance, large heart and equanimity.”
Ogbonnia in the statement titled “Igbo Titan Bows Out,” noted that the pain in the heart of every member of the organisation and the Igbo people in general knows no bound over the death of Obiozor.
Naija News reported on Wednesday that the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma confirmed the death of Obiozor after a lot of speculations about his death and health made rounds since Monday.
Uzodimma in a statement said “It is with pain and sorrow in our hearts that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and indeed all the Igbo sons and daughters received the news of the passing of Ambassador Professor George Obiozor, CON (Ugwumba).
“Until his death, he was the President-General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation.
However the apex Igbo group remarked that “The most endearing of the Obiozor mystique can be summarised in character; the courage of his convictions, steadfastness and uncompromising commitment to his goals.
“Obiozor was sometimes misrepresented and misunderstood because of the silent cautious strategy and tactics with which he pursues his goals but behind the great achiever was an uncommon and perfect gentleman of immense proportions.
“The Obiozor life trajectory is one of the most enviable; he started as a child in Awo-Omamma, went to the USA for further studies, acquired a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), taught in the world class universities and promoted to the rank of a professor of International Relations.
“He, served Nigeria in various capacities without blemish as the Director General, Institute of International Affairs, Lagos; Nigerian Ambassador to three countries, Israel, Cyprus and the USA; articulated the Return of Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu with Dr. Chuba Okadigbo and Joe Asogwa in 1982; led the Igbo delegation to the 2014 National Constitutional Conference and ultimately, was elected the President General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural body, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
“Above all, Obiozor in his first world press conference as the President General, at the headquarters of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, assured the Igbo that time has come for the age-long collective aspiration of a Nigerian president from the South East of Nigeria.
“He demonstrated his unassailable commitment to the Igbo by leading delegations to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; British Embassy, Chief E K Clarke; Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Sultan of Sokoto, among others.
“The Obiozor-led advocacy assumed an irreversible, unquenchable and irresistible national charm, resonance and unprecedented crescendo.
“During the last meeting of the National Executive Committee of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide held at Owerri, Obiozor spoke emotionally about the candidacy of Peter Obi and pointed out that it would have been a major catastrophe if Obi was not in the race.
“He expressed satisfaction that Peter Obi has changed the political dynamics of the country and created a pathway for Nigerian new beginning.
“Obiozor will be remembered as a man who displayed an uncommon intellect, irrepressible courage, candor, tolerance, large heart and equanimity; he sacrificed his personal comfort in the service of Igbo nation.
“What stands Obiozor out among his peers is his unique intellectual wizardry, a profound sense of humour, extraordinary creative imagination, rationality, clear-headedness, unwavering determination and incandescent passion with which he pursues his views even in the most hostile or complex circumstances.
“While we condole the wife, children and the immediate family, we take solace in the fact that when a chronicle of Igbo personages will be launched, some leaders will appear in footnotes while some chapters will be devoted to Obiozor.”