Governor Hope Uzodimma has announced the death of George Obiozor, president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural organisation of the Igbo people.
The announcement came in an announcement by the governor, made available to journalists in Owerri on Wednesday.
Mr Uzodimma described Mr Obiozor, a former Nigerian ambassador to the United States and Israel, as “a renowned academic, an exceptional diplomat and statesman and a tenacious patriot.”
He prayed to God to grant his soul eternal rest.
“On behalf of the government and people of Imo state, I sorrowfully announce the passage of a great son of Imo state and Nigeria, the president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, worldwide, Prof George Obiozor,” stated the Imo governor.
He added: “I have no doubt that both Nigeria and the international community will miss his profound intellectual contributions and wise counsel on national and global issues.”
Mr Uzodimma noted that the family would announce the burial arrangements for the deceased.