George Obiozor, the president-general of the Igbo sociocultural organization Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, has passed away.
Imo’s governor, Hope Uzodimma, made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday evening.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Imo State, I, Senator 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,” the statement reads.
“A renowned academic, an exceptional diplomat, a 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 the 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.
“His burial arrangements will be announced in due course by the family. May his great and gentle soul rest in peace.”
The development comes hours after earlier claims on Tuesday that he had died, but the organisation had dismissed the reports and said he was alive at the time.
Obiozor was elected president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide in January 2021.
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