President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor as an immeasurable loss to the country.
In a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina, the President says Prof Obiozor was a thoroughbred diplomat.
“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, of Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) exemplified leadership skills and values as a thoroughbred diplomat,” the statement read.
President Buhari notes that the contributions of Prof Obiozor will not be forgotten.
According to the statement, those who believe and respect the late Obiozor, should embrace his beliefs and ideas geared towards uniting Nigeria beyond geo-political considerations.
“President has fond memories of meeting Prof Obiozor on several occasions and values his endearing sense of patriotism.
“He joins 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,” the statement notes.
The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, had on Thursday confirmed Obiozor’s death, describing the elder statesman as a renowned academician, an exceptional diplomat, a statesman and a tenacious patriot.
Prof Obiozor hailed from Awo-Omoma, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
Writing by Chinazo Ilechukwu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Julian Osamoto