Former Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani has described the death of Ohanaeze leader and foremost diplomat Professor George Obiozor as a huge loss to the nation.
Reacting to the death of the elder statesman in Abuja, Senator Nnamani said Nigeria and the South East Zone in particular have lost a patriot and mentor who stood to be counted when it mattered.
Senator Nnamani who represents Enugu East in the Senate lamented that Professor Obiozor died when his services were most needed to navigate through the murky political water in the country.
He recalled the exploits of Professor Obiozor as a renowned academic, a quintessential diplomat and a custodian of Igbo culture and tradition and submitted that his exit has created a huge vacuum.
Senator Nnamani said, “As an Ambassador, Professor Obiozor marketed Nigeria and her potential to the outside world. He demonstrated enormous capacity in leadership and international affairs.
“At home in Nigeria, he contributed to the socio-political and economic developments. He was a leader without boundaries.
“We shall miss his intellectual and oratory prowess, frank and patriotic disposition to national issues. He called a spade its rightful name no matter whose ox was gored”.
Senator Nnamani added that Professor Obiozor was an emancipator of sorts because he stood for the oppressed and the downtrodden at all times.
“As President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Professor Obiozor stood for his people and strived for a society of equal opportunities for all irrespective of tribe or religion”, Senator Nnamani stressed.
He enjoined the governments and people of the South Eastern States, especially, Imo State to take solace in the fact that Professor Obiozor left good legacies and positive footprints in the sands of time.
Senator Nnamani prayed that God grants the deceased eternal rest.