The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, weekend, celebrated Ambassador Professor George Obiozor, its president general, who clocked 80 on August 15, 2022.
This was contained in a release by the national publicity secretary of the group, Dr Alex Ogbonnia.
According to him, “It is common knowledge that the birth of every child is an epiphany of hope wrapped in a canvass of diverse possibilities.
“As hard as parents may strive for an upward social mobility of the child, it takes the spark of God to twang the transcendental cord that excites the critical elements in the child for self-awakening.
“Thus while his peers at a very early age floundered, Obiozor pursued his vision with incandescent passion, prudence, diligence and honour. Armed with a PhD in International Affairs from Columbia University, USA, Obiozor taught in several foreign universities and attained the enviable rank of a Professor.”
Our correspondent reports that Obiozor served Nigeria in several capacities. Some of the positions he held include the director-general of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, high commissioner to Cyprus, Nigerian ambassador to the State of Israel, and that of the United States.
According to Ogbonnia, “As the president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Obiozor has displayed an uncommon intellect, irrepressible courage and candor.
“What stands Obiozor out among his peers is his unique intellectual wizardry, profound sense of humour, extraordinary creative imagination, rationality, clear-headedness, and unwavering determination with which he pursues his views, even in most hostile or complex circumstances.
“Obiozor has for over five decades shown an unassailable commitment to Igbo cause. His advocacy for a Nigerian president of the South-East extraction has assumed an irreversible, unquenchable and irresistible national charm.
“It is worthy of note that when the chronicle of Igbo personages will be launched, some leaders will appear in footnotes while some chapters will be devoted to Ambassador Professor George Obiozor.”