Atiku Felicitates With New Ohaneze Ndigbo President-General, Obiozor

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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has joined a host of prominent Nigerians who have congratulated the new President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Professor George Obiozor.

According to a statement, Atiku said he was elated that the process of the election was concluded in line with established democratic tenets.

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party said he spoke with Prof Obiozor yesterday to congratulate him on his election.

Atiku said he could attest to Obiozor’s brilliance, wisdom and experience, adding that he is confident the qualities will come to bear as he pilots the affairs of Ohaneze Ndigbo.

“Like many, who have followed with keen interest the goings-on, I had wondered how the group will pull through the process of the election and still come out unscathed and still remain a cohesive and strong force with its integrity intact.

“By the outcome of this election, Ndigbo have not only proved the pundits wrong but have shown that they are real democrats.

“I have known Prof Obiozor since his days as Director-General of Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, and a one-time Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States of America, Israel and Cyprus.

“I can attest to his brilliance, wisdom and experience, qualities that I am confident will come to bear as he pilots the affairs of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

“I also take note of the “big shoes” left behind by Obiozor’s predecessor, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who elevated Ohanaeze Ndigbo to enviable heights such that he was appointed as the Coordinator of all the notable socio-cultural groups in the country.

“I know that Obiozor will tap into his experience and the networks he had built to further push the group to higher heights,” he said.

He urged the new President-General on the reconciliation of the groups and individuals who felt offended by the outcome and process leading to his election.

Atiku added; “They should be brought back to the fold and fully integrated for the sake of harmonious relationship between members of the group in particular and Ndigbo in general.

“Meanwhile, I urge you to sustain and improve upon the cooperation between Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other ethno-social groups across the country to ensure that the unity of Nigeria is stronger and that peace reigns across the country.

“My mind tells me that you have the inter-personal skills and enough group dynamics experience for the job and to weather the storm.”

Obiozor, a former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Cyprus and Israel, emerged the new president-general of Ohaneze Ndigbo on Sunday in an election conducted at Dan Ayiam Stadium, Owerri, Imo State capital.

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