The members of Igbo community London (ICL) UK has sent out their condolence message to the family of late President general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief George Obiozor who died on 28th of December 2022.
In a condolence message signed by the four members of ICL, the group president, Chief Valentine Akudinobi, Prince Nze Chukwuemeka Victor Uzomah, Secretary General, Ifeanyi Onwumere, PRO and Nze Chukwuma Obidike, Legal Adviser, described Obizor’s death as a great shock and a vacuum that will be hard to fill.
The condolence message reads below!
“We the members of Igbo community London UK are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Prof. George Obiozor, the President General of OHANAEZE NDIGBO WORLDWIDE, whose sad event happened in December 2022.
“The suddenness of his death, barely a few days after commiserating with, and mourning his second in command at Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Worldwide, Chief Joel Kroham who also died in December 2022.
“This course of dismay seems to have put Ndigbo in disarray but we pray Chukwu Okike Abiama will take control and we will rise above this.
“The aforementioned occurrences of this two deaths couldn’t have come at a wrong time for the destiny of the Igbo in Nigeria.
“General election is coming up in Nigeria, and an Igbo man Peter Obi is within a palpable striking distance of winning the presidential trophy. In a different twist of fate, another illustrious Igbo son Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB is languishing in prison against all judicial pronouncements and common sense for asking for a referendum for the self-determination of the Igbo people of Nigeria.
“Balancing their eventual acceptance of Ndigbo in the Nigerian socio-political, albeit, national body polity by electing Mr Obi as President as against the presumed popular yearning for a breakaway Biafra from Nigeria as advocated by Kanu is where Obiozor’s high level of diplomatic acumen acquired, having worked at the highest level of Nigerian Diplomatic missions would have been invaluable.
“But he chose a wrong time to leave us, even then, we give glory to God for the time he shared with us on mother earth.
“Extolling the qualities of Prof. Obiozor here is not the purpose of this address hence, it will be a disservice to the man Obiozor, as no one person or group knows it all about that always smiling man, Prof. Obiozor.
“It has been demonstrated and widely acclaimed that “Dede Obiozor” was a seasoned diplomat, political juggernaut, and cultural revivalist
“Obiozor was a foremost unequivocal Ohaneze leader who promoted the Igbo name beyond the shores of Igbo land.
“He succeded in this through the high offices he occupied, as:
– Nigerian Ambassador to Israel
– Nigerian Ambassador to USA,
– Nigerian High Commissioner to Cyprus
– Director General of Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, just to mention a few.
“Prof. Obiozor has left a huge sized pair of shoes that will be hard to fill.
“He will be surely missed in his hometown Awo omamma where he is very popular through his known and verifiable philanthropic engagements.
“Ndigbo Worldwide will miss him, and Nigeria who he has served all his life will miss his counsel.
“I implore all well meaning Nigerians and foreigners who know Prof. Obiozor and what he stood for and Ndigbo Worldwide to join hands in giving Prof. Obiozor a befitting farewell on the 3rd of February in Awo-mamma Imo state.
“Our heartfelt condolences goes out to the immediate family of Prof. Obiozor and by extension, to the bereaved family of his deputy president in Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief Fajumo who are both now reunited in heaven from whence they continue to support us in advocating for the unity and united progress of all Igbo indigenes.
“We pray that they continue to RIP in the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!