Newly elected Ohanaeze Ndigbo President, Prof. George Obiozor (sitting). Behind him are Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and other delegates in Owerri … yesterday.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, All Progressives Congress’ (APC) 2023 presidential candidate paid tributes to the departed President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof. George Obiozor, on Thursday in Lagos.
He said Obiozor lived a distinguished life of service to Nigeria and to Ndigbo.
Tinubu gave the tribute in a condolence message issue by his media aide, Mr Tunde Rahman.
He said the career of Prof. Obiozor made him one of the foremost patriots who served Nigeria with diligence, honour and integrity.
Obiozor was at various times the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, ambassador of Nigeria to United States and to Israel and High Commissioner of Nigeria to Cyprus.
Tinubu said Obiozor’s death robbed Nigeria of one of its finest statesmen.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of Ambassador George Obiozor, President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide.
“This great Igbo leader and Nigeria’s elder statesman was a distinguished academic and diplomat who served his people and entire country with honour, dedication and distinction.
“Ambassador Obiozor’s death at this time has again robbed our dear country of one of its finest public servants and committed leaders.
“As the leader of Ohaneze, he championed the course of national unity and economic development while seeking a more equitable and even-handed federation where all the constituent units and ethnic groups can live together in peace and harmony.
“The ideals of a better and more inclusive country where justice and equity would prevail, for which Ambassador Obiozor lived will forever be cherished,’’ he said.
The former governor of Lagos State extended his condolences to the family, government and people of Imo; to Ndigbo and to Nigerians adding that the deceased served the country with pride and distinction
Tinubu prayed God to comfort Obiozor’s loved ones and all those he left behind and also to grant his soul eternal rest.