People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar mourned Ohanaeze Ndigbo President General Prof. George Obiozor on Thursday.
The former vice president said in a statement personally signed by him in Abuja that he received the news of Prof. Obiozor’s death with gross shock.
Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo announced the death in Owerri on Wednesday.
Abubakar sent his condolences to the whole body of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the southeastern part of Nigeria, and the country as a whole on “the fall of an Iroko”.
He described the death of the late former Nigerian ambassador to several foreign missions as a huge loss to the country.
He described the late Obiozor as a charismatic personality, who felt at home in every part of Nigeria.
“He was a consummate diplomat who believed in consensus and had a stabilizing influence.
“His broad experience in diplomatic foreign missions, accumulated over decades and in various posts, served him very well to make him a pan-Nigerian.
“Prof. Obiozor taught us the essence of generosity as he was widely accepted by even those who did not support his candidacy in the elections where he stood as President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“He was a master of political consensus. A writer known for his ‘politics of precarious balance’ in which he advocated balancing the various interests in the country.
“He was a promoter of the unity of the nation. Igbo nation will miss him. The whole nation will miss him.”
Abubakar prayed for a peaceful rest of the soul of the deceased and his immediate family to have the strength to bear the loss of his patriarch. (NAN)
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