Imo State Governor, Sen Hope Uzodimma, on Wednesday night confirmed the death of the President-Geberal of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor.
The statement titled, Imo State Government Obituary Announcement,’ reads: “On behalf of the government and people of Imo state, I, Sen Hope Uzodimma, the Executive Governor of Imo state, sorrowfully announce the passage of a great Son of Imo State and Nigeria, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, worldwide, Prof George Obiozor.
“A renowned academic, an exceptional diplomat and statesman, and a tenacious patriot, Prof George Obiozor passed on recently after a brief illness.
“The death of this foremost Igbo leader and former Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States and the State of Israel is a big loss to Imo state, the South East, and entire Nigeria. I have no doubt that both Nigeria and the international community will miss his profound intellectual contributions and wise counsel on national and global issues.
“May his great and gentle soul rest in peace.”
According to the statement by the state government, his burial arrangements will be announced in due course by the family.
Earlier, a highly placed chieftain of Ohanaeze confirmed to newsmen that Obiozor died on December 26th.
The chieftain, who wished to be anonymous informed our newsmen that Obiozor died of heart-related disease.
He, however, said the apex Igbo body would not announce Obiozor’s death until his family makes the announcement.
“The man is dead but it’s not in our tradition to announce such death even when we have such information, we allow the family members to make such an announcement.
“He died on Monday of heart-related disease. I’m not specific about where he died but he travelled abroad and returned to Lagos.
“I was called in the early hours of December 26th that he died in the early hours,” the source said.