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Buhari: Prof. Obiozor’s Death Immeasurable Loss To Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the death of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Professor George Obiozor.

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Buhari Mourns Professor George Obiozor’s Death

Buhari described Obiozor’s demise as an immeasurable loss to Nigeria.

The elder statesman died on Wednesday at the age of 80 after a brief illness.

A statement issued by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the president is deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Obiozor.

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“Describing his demise as an immeasurable loss to the country, the President notes that the former Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States, High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus, Ambassador to the State of Israel, and former Director-General, of Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), exemplified leadership skills and values as a thoroughbred diplomat,” the statement read.

According to the president, the contributions of Obiozor will never be forgotten.

The Nigerian leader stated that all who mourn the demise of the statesman, who commanded great respect among his peers in the academia and foreign policy arena, will honour his memory by actively embracing his beliefs and ideas geared towards uniting Nigeria beyond geo-political considerations.

“President has fond memories of meeting Prof. Obiozor on several occasions and values his endearing sense of patriotism.

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“He joins the Igbo nation in mourning the irreparable loss of this great son of Nigeria, even as he prays for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased,” the statement added.

Buhari also commiserated with Obiozor’s family, the government, and the people of Imo State as well as Ndigbo, at home and in the Diaspora.

Earlier, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, confirmed Obiozor’s death, describing the elder statesman as a renowned academic, an exceptional diplomat, a statesman, and a tenacious patriot.

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“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,” Governor Uzodimma said.

The governor, who said that the burial arrangements for the former diplomat will be announced in due course by the family, prayed that his great and gentle soul rests in peace.

Prof. Obiozor hailed from Awo-Omoma, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.

In other news, Kanyi Daily reported that the Nigerian senate has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to extend the deadline it placed for the phasing out of old N1,000, N500, and N200 notes from January 31st to June 30th, 2023.

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