Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Mr Peter Obi, Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections and Ohanaeze Ndigbo are among the personalities attending the 70th birthday celebration of Chief Nnia Nwodo, who is the immediate past president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Chief Nwodo, one-time minister of information as well as aviation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, turned 70 on December 11.
Chief Obasanjo and Chief Ayo Adebanjo, among other dignitaries, arrived at the Enugu Airport Sunday morning, and were received by Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo had in their earlier goodwill message described Nwodo as an ‘an Igbo titan, trail-blazer, generosity icon, and reflective intellectual’.
Ohanaeze, who spoke through their national publicity secretary, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, stated that, “In all the positions that Nwodo held, he discharged his official functions with enviable elegance, plaudits, exploits, dignity and integrity.
“The life of Nnia Nwodo remains a veritable trajectory in courage, heroism, profound insight and foresight, character comeliness, marital exemplariness, devout religiosity and unquenchable patriotic zeal. He is allergic to lukewarm character and does not suffer fools gladly.”
The president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador George Obiozor, further described Nwodo ‘as a great man who profiles in the courage of his convictions, speaks truth to power and goes extra-miles to accomplish his set goals’.
Ohanaeze wished Nwodo well, stating that, “It is the prayer of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and indeed the Igbo nation that the Prince of Ukehe and our former PG, Chief Barr Nnia Nwodo, celebrate many more fruitful years in robust health and sound mind.”