Abaribe, Ekweremadu laud emergence of Obiozor, Emuchay

By Sanni Onogu, Abuja

The Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Monday, applauded the emergence of Ambassadors George Obiozor and Okey Emuchay as the President General, and Secretary General of then Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide respectively.

This is even as a Deputy President of the Senate and Leader, South East Caucus of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, congratulated the newly elected President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof. Obiozor, saying the new Ohanaeze leader has what it takes to lead Ndigbo.

In a statement by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom in Abuja, Senator Abaribe said the choice of the duo is indeed most heart-warming and will no doubt sustain the progressive trajectory, which the immediate past executive built.

He said that Professor Obiozor who is widely acknowledged for his track record of excellence, honour, intellectual capacity and courage in public service – qualities that greatly qualifies him as the preferred choice to lead the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization – will no doubt inject such attributes to further reinvigorate and build an activist-driven Ohanaeze in the face of current realities in Nigeria.

“I am confident that the new executive members, known for their consummate love for the Igbo race, particularly the President General who has been at the frontline in articulating the interest of Ndi-Igbo, would continue to exhibit courage and forthrightness in not only pursuing our collective interest in Nigeria, but also to weave Ndigbo as a nation bonded in love, peace and unity,” said Abaribe

The Minority Leader advised other contestants who are also eminently qualified to accept the outcome of the election and look at the bigger picture with regards to the importance of unity in the pursuit of the interest of Ndigbo.

He however, cautioned those bent on using falsehood to engender disunity among Ndigbo to desist forthwith.

Ekweremadu, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Uche Anichukwu, on Monday, described Obiozor as a man of “uncommon pedigree, unimpeachable integrity as well as a bridge-builder with national and international clout and appeal”.

“I believe the former university don and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States of America, the former Nigeria’s Consul-General to South Africa and newly elected Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Okechukwu Emuchay, and others constitute a formidable and dependable team for harnessing and advancing Igbo interest worldwide at this crucial time in our history.

“They have proved their mettle over the years and we trust them to bring their antecedents of quality leadership, national and international reach, and diplomatic finesse to bear in advancing the Igbo course in Nigeria and globally,” Ekweremadu added.

While urging Ndigbo to pray for the new leadership, Ekweremadu, however, enjoined Obiozor and his team to “rally everyone”, noting that more than ever before, Ndigbo needed to be together the more and speak with one voice.

He wished them a successful and historic tenure.

Source: The Nation

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