Atiku Hails Obiozor’s Emergence As Ohanaeze Ndigbo New Helmsman

 

By Ayo Kehinde
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has hailed the election on Prof George Obiozor as President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, urging him to extend his hands of fellowship to other ethno-social groups in the country.

The former Vice-President of Nigeria who said he immediately called and congratulatedI spoke Obiozor after he emerged victorious as President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said that “by the outcome of this election, Ndigbo have not only proved the pundits wrong, but have shown that they are real democrats.

He said; “I have known Prof Obiozor since his days as Director-General of Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, and a one-time Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States of America, Israel and Cyprus.Aeiku said

“I can attest to his brilliance, wisdom and experience, qualities that I am confident will come to bear as he pilots the affairs of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

“I also take note of the “big shoes” left behind by Obiozor’s predecessor, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who elevated Ohanaeze Ndigbo to enviable heights such that he was appointed as the Coordinator of all the notable socio-cultural groups in the country.

“I know that Obiozor will tap into his experience and the networks he had built to further push the group to higher heights.

He urged him to use his wealth of experience as a seasoned diplomat and academician of repute pursue the reconciliation of the groups and individuals who felt offended by the outcome and process leading to his election.

“They should be brought back to the fold and fully integrated for the sake of harmonious relationship between members of the group in particular and Ndigbo in general,” Atiku said , while urging him “to sustain and improve upon the cooperation between Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other ethno-social groups across the country to ensure that the unity of Nigeria is stronger and that peace reigns across the country.”

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