George Obizor

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige has mourned the death of Ohanaeze Ndigbo President General Professor George Obiozor, saying he was a patriot who died on active service to his people.

Ngige, while paying glowing tribute to the late Prof. Obiozor, described him as a successful administrator, a quintessential civil servant, a seasoned diplomat and a renowned public intellectual who contributed greatly to socio-political engineering in the country.

The minister, who responded in a statement issued by his media agency in Abuja on Thursday, said he was saddened by the news of the death of a man he described as his special friend and patriot whom he encouraged two years ago to take the Ohanaeze presidential seat. mount.

According to the statement, “He also remembered the role played by Obiozor as the special assistant to the late Chuba Okadigbo, the then Special (Political) Adviser to President Shagari, when he (Obiozor) wrote the script for the amnesty/pardon for the Biafran warlord , the late Ikemba. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, in 1983, which led to the later’s return to Nigeria from Ivory Coast, where he was in exile after the war. This move was a great healing balm to the deep national wound caused by the unfortunate civil war.

Further reminiscing about the life and times of Professor Obiozor, the former Governor of Anambra State recalled that the deceased has served meritoriously at various times in the past as High Commissioner of Nigeria in Cyprus, Ambassador to Israel (1999-2003) , Ambassador to the United States of America (2004-2008) and Director General of the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), among others.

He fondly recalled the intrigue that greeted the January 2021 Ohanaeze election in which he participated, adding that the ovation heralding Professor Obiozor’s rise to the presidency showed what material he was made of.

Ngige said: “Messages of goodwill and congratulations poured in from all corners of our dear country, praising his ability, character, rich background and record of service. I have not forgotten his acceptance speech, in which he pledged to use his office for the benefit of Ndigbo and to address the injustices inflicted on his people in Nigeria.

“While on active duty with Ndigbo, Professor Obiozor’s mansion in Imo was painfully set on fire by the so-called unknown gunmen in Igboland. He lost all his writings and memoirs destined for publication. The same fate befell another illustrious Igbo son and former finance minister, Prof. Chu Okongwu. These great men died, heartbroken.

While sympathizing with Ohanaeze Ndigbo for the death of their leader, Ngige urged Ndigbo at home and in the diaspora to see this great loss as a call for sober reflection and deeper introspection, to discover when, how and where things went wrong, and how to make it right.

He extended his sincere condolences to Prof. Obiozor’s immediate and extended family, the Awo-Omamma community in the Oru East Local Government Area, his friends and associates, as well as the government and people of Imo State, and prayed that God would give them the steadfastness. to bear this great loss.”

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