The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has congratulated Prof. George Obiozor on emergence as the new President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide.
The Chairman of CLO in Anambra, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, felicitated Obiozor while addressing newsmen in Enugu.
Obiozor emerged victorius at the group’s National Election held in Owerri on Sunday.
Obiozor secured a total of 304 votes to beat Chief Sergius Okoro who polled three votes and Dr Valentine Oparaocha who got 15 votes.
Ohaneze delegates who voted in the election included those from South East states, Rivers and Delta.
Ezekwueme said that he was delighted that the election was peaceful and hitch-free.
He noted that Obiozor won “clearly and squarely’’.
The CLO chairman, however, urged Obiozor to use his wealth of experience and connections to pacify aggrieved persons and sub-groups.
“Obiozor should carry everyone along. “He should run an inclusive administration.
“The new president-general of Ohaneze Ndigbo should pacify all aggrieved candidates, persons and sub-groups under Ohanaeze, which is the apex Igbo socio-cultural group,’’ he said.
Ezekwueme also urged Obiozor to emulate his predecessor, Chief John Nwodo, in doggedness in fighting championing the cause of the Igbo nation and humanity in general.
“The flaming torch passed to Obiozor must not quench, rather it should burn and shine the more,’’ he said.
It would be recalled that Obiozor was Nigeria’s Ambassador to the U.S from 2004 to 2008.
He also served as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Cyprus and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Israel.
He was a Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos.