George Obiozor, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbothe main Igbo socio-cultural organization, is dead.
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State announced this in a statement on Wednesday night.
“On behalf of the Imo State Government, I, Senator Hope Uzodimma, Executive Governor of Imo State, sadly announce the passing of a great son of Imo State and Nigeria, Chairman General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Professor George Obiozor. she said in the statement.
Uzodinma described the deceased as “an exceptional diplomat and a tenacious patriot.”
The governor said Obiozor’s death was a great loss for the state, the south-east and all of Nigeria.
“I have no doubt that both Nigeria and the international community will miss his profound intellectual contributions and sage advice on national and global issues,” said Mr. Uzodinma.
He said that Mr. Obiozor’s burial arrangements will be announced in due course by the family.
The announcement ended days of speculation over the death of Mr. Obiozor, who was reported to have died at his residence in Imo state on Monday.
Uzodinma did not say when Obiozor died.
He limited himself to saying that the octogenarian died “recently” after a brief illness.
An Ohanaeze Ndigbo member, who asked not to be named, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Obiozor died of a heart-related illness.
“One of his family members called me and told me about it,” he said.
Mr. Obiozor, professor, was 80 years old.
He was elected the 10th Chairman General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on 9 January 2021, replacing Nnia Nwodo who left office after the expiration of his four-year term.
Mr. Obiozor hailed from Awo-Omamma in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, south-eastern Nigeria.
He served as the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Israel and Cyprus.
The Ohanaeze leader attended the Institute for African Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and the University of South Tacoma, Washington, USA, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1968 before proceeding to Columbia University, New York, where he obtained a master’s degree in international law.
He served as a professor at the Pratt Institute, New York City between 1971 and 1975, and as an assistant professor of political science at the City University of New York, among others.
During his time as president of Ohanaeze, he consistently called for the rise of a Nigerian president of southeastern extraction in 2023.
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