The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, weekend, described Anambra Governor Prof Chukwuma Soludo as ‘an uncommon statesman, stickler for good governance and firm believer in the principle of equity’.
Dr Alex Ogbonnia, national publicity secretary of Ohanaeze, stated this in a congratulatory message marking Soludo’s 62nd birthday. Our correspondent reports that Soludo, former CBN governor, turned 62 on June 28.
The release read, “Governor Soludo has consistently charted a course of service for the good of humanity. His sterling leadership qualities in managing the affairs of society and embodying the hope of a better society culminated in his well-deserved election as the fifth democratically elected governor of Anambra State in 2021 even in the face of mounting challenges.
“At the Ohanaeze Ndigbo level, Prof Soludo has demonstrated uncanny commitment and devotion to the Igbo cause in Nigeria; and has courageously advocated for the enthronement of true federalism in Nigeria as a way of addressing the gross injustice against the Igbo in the country.
“He is a soldier of conscience and truth, as well as a fearless crusader for justice, equity and fairness. He has meritoriously served Ohanaeze Ndigbo in various capacities and was until recently the chairman of the Ohanaeze Planning and Strategy Committee.”
Ohanaeze recalled that Soludo was central in drafting and presenting the Igbo position in Nigeria at the famous ‘Awka Declaration’ at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, in 2018 wherein he remarked that: “The position of Ndigbo is to seek a transformed Nigeria that works for every Nigerian citizen, a level playing field for all Nigerians to enjoy freedom, liberty, fairness, equity and justice to maximize their fullest potential.”
The pan-Igbo socio-political group prayed God to keep Soludo ‘in good health, and peace of mind.