Imo State governor Hope Uzodinma has announced the death of the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Professor George Obiozor.
Governor Uzodinma confirmed the death of the Ohanaeze leader in a post on his verified Instagram page on Wednesday night.
The Imo State governor described the demise of the Ohanaeze leader as a great loss to Imo State, the South-East and Nigeria.
There has been speculation in the social media space that Obiozor died early Monday, with the Apex Ndigbo socio-cultural group denying the rumour.
“On behalf of the government and people of Imo state, I, Sen 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.
“A renowned academic, an exceptional diplomat and 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 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 statement concluded.
Professor Obiozor was rumoured to have died early this morning after taking ill for some time now.
Professor Obiozor was born on August 15, 1942, and was formerly the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States.
He studied in Nigeria and the US, with a Ph.D. in International Affairs from Columbia University.
He was elected President-General of Ohanaeze, in January 2021.