Mrs. Victoria Eberendu.
By Ejike Ikezuagu – UK.
As organisations and various individuals continue to express their heartfelt condolences over the death of the President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Prof. George Obiozor, the Women’s Wing, Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK through its President, Mrs Victoria Eberendu has said, Chief Prof. George Obiozor has died when Ndigbo needed him so badly.
Late Chief Prof. George Obiozor.
Mrs. Eberendu said this last Friday at the Christian Wake keep organised in London by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK. She expressed her gratitude for people who attended the programme.
She said, “I was extremely shocked and saddened, because it was not long that I watched him arguing on the television that the Presidency should be zoned to the South-East for equity, fairness, diversity, justice and inclusion”.
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She continued, saying, death has taken away a genuinely warm individual, especially now Ndigbo needed him badly. While grieving over his death, she gave tribute to Chief Obiozor’s accomplishments, and celebrate his life that was well lived.
Chief Obiozor’s life was committed to the cause of freedom for Ndigbo in Nigeria, and building harmony and peace around the world. In her words, Mrs. Eberendu said, “Professor Obiozor was a great humanitarian, not much people leave behind a legacy of such dedication and accomplishments.
She said, Chief Obiozor is not only an expression of change, but an epitome of change. She further stated that he was a formidable internationally renowned diplomat, and his demise at this critical time in Nigeria, especially to the Igbo people, left us with a profound sadness. She said, Prof. Obiozor was a symbol of peace, justice, equity, fairness, diversity, and inclusion.
As they mourn his death, she said, “Life can be fleeting, but a life lived to the fullest stays in fond memories”. We will always remember and cherish his courage, determination and sense of humour, Mrs Eberendu said.
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In her concluding statement, she said, “Prof Obiozor, you left us when you were badly needed, and you have also left an indelible mark on the face of the diplomatic service”.
Mrs Eberendu consoled the family and extended her heartfelt condolence on behalf of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK, Women’s Wing to the deceased family. She prayed for the good Lord to give the family the fortitudes to bear the irreparable loss. You will be greatly missed and may your soul continue to rest in perfect peace, Mrs. Eberendu prayed.
In the same vein, the General-Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK, Chief Uche Osigwe, (Agu Udo) in his closing remarks said, Chief Prof. George Obiozor has made his own footprint on earth and has gone to his creator and left the rest for the living. He used the occasion to urge people to live a life of positive example that will benefit people while they live on earth. He thanked everyone for attending, and prayed for God to guard everyone safely back to their respective homes.
Chief Osigwe expressed his gratitude and thanked the Imo state government’s representative who flew from Nigeria to the United Kingdom for the occasion.
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In 2003, Chief Obiozor was a visiting Professor (International Affairs), African Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, The Russian Federation, 1998-Present.
He was also the Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (N.I.I.A.), 13/15 Kofo Abayomi Road, Victoria Island Lagos,1991-1999.
Special Assistant to the President, on International Affairs, 1990
Special Adviser to the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1988-1989
Ambassador to the United States of America, 2004-2007.
Ambassador to Israel and High Commissioner to Cyprus, 1999-2003.