Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Friday, described the late President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor, as a patriot who placed his intellectual endowment at the service of humanity both at the global stage and within his country of origin.
On Thursday night, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, had announced Obiozor’s demise.
Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, in a tribute on behalf of the Pan-Yoruba group, recalled Obiozor’s roles at different times as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States of America, High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus, Ambassador to the State of Israel and former Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.
The Afenifere spokesman said, “In those various positions, Obiozor displayed admirable leadership skills, an inimitable scholarship and valuable diplomatese.
“Both at the time he served as the head of the NIIA and as the country’s envoy to the United States of America, Obiozor gave account of himself as a consummate scholar, an intellectual, a diplomat, and as a patriot.”
He stated that Afenifere leaders had cause to interact more closely with Obiozor through the instrumentality of the South and Middle Belt Leaders Forum of which the late scholar was a co-leader.
“At meetings of the SMBLF, the scholar, diplomat and stateman in Obiozor never failed to show whenever he contributed to any issue being discussed. He and other leaders in the Forum always demonstrated their desire to protect and promote the interests of their people.”
Ajayi, therefore, commiserated with the people of Awo-Omoma, Oru East Local Government Area, Imo State Government and the Ndigbo as a whole as well as the Nigerian populace from among whom another leader has departed.