Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, has expressed sadness over the death of Prof. George Obiozor, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo State, confirmed Professor George Obiozor’s death in a statement on his Instagram page on Wednesday night.
Uzodimma wrote: “On behalf of the Government and people of Imo State, I, Senator Hope Uzodimma, the Executive Governor of Imo State, sorrowfully announce the passage of a great Son of Imo State and Nigeria, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, worldwide, Prof George OBIOZOR.
“A renowned academic, an exceptional diplomat, a statesman and a tenacious patriot, Prof George Obiozor passed on recently after a brief illness.
“The death of this foremost Igbo leader and former NIGERIA’S ambassador to the United States and the State of Israel, is a big loss to Imo State, the South East and the entire Nigeria.
“I have no doubt that both Nigeria and the international community will miss his profound intellectual contributions and wise counsel on national and global issues.
“His burial arrangements will be announced in due course by the family
May his great and gentle soul rest in peace.”
Reacting via his Twitter page on Thursday, Peter Obi said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Worldwide, Prof. George Obiozor. He was a dear elder brother and friend. Prof. Obiozor was a patriot, renowned academic and diplomat, who served Nigeria and Ohanaeze selflessly and diligently.
“He was witty, well-heeled in history and effusive in his personal charm and warmth. The death of this foremost Igbo leader is a huge loss to the entire Obiozor Family, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Nigerians in general.
“On behalf of my family, I commiserate with his family and all who mourn him. May God grant him eternal rest and grant those he left behind the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”
@Humphrey wrote: “Rest In Peace to a Great Leader.. He lived a participatory and voluntary life… May God strengthen and comfort the family. It’s actually a celebration bcuz he is now asleep after many tons of decade battle with life and his a winner.”
@Divine: “My condolences to his family… My incoming president, I saw you last night at MMA2 filled with humility, love and joy, I’ll not forget the way your name was been roared by people who cherished and love you. All I heard shouting was Obi! Obi!.victory at last.”
@Charles Ukaonu: “My condolences to the family of Prof. George Obiozo, may God rest his soul in perfect peace, Amen. This is the reason why we should elect competent younger people to run things.”