The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, mourned the passing of the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, worldwide, Professor George Obiozor, 80.
He also extended heartfelt condolences to Obiozor’s family, the government and the people of Imo State as well as Ndigbo, at home and in the diaspora.
The PUNCH reports that the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, announced the development on his Instagram handle, late Wednesday.
Buhari’s condolence message is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled President Buhari pays tribute to Prof Obiozor, Ohaneze President General.
According to Adesina, “Describing his demise as an immeasurable loss to the country, the President notes that the former Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States, High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus, Ambassador to the State of Israel and former Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs exemplified leadership skills and values as a thoroughbred diplomat.
“The President believes that the contributions of the unique leader and strong proponent of peace and a stable polity, who also held other strategic public positions, will never be forgotten.
“President Buhari trusts that all who mourn the demise of the statesman, who commanded great respect among his peers in the academia and foreign policy arena, will honour his memory by actively embracing his beliefs and ideas geared towards uniting Nigeria beyond geo-political considerations.”
The President said he has fond memories of meeting Prof. Obiozor on several occasions and values his endearing sense of patriotism.
He, therefore, joined the Igbo nation in mourning the irreparable loss of this great son of Nigeria, even as he prays for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased.