By Raphael Ede
The National Executive Council, of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has announced programmes for the burial of its President-General, Amb George Obiozor.
Ohanaeze Secretary General, Okey Emuchay, who announced the burial arrangement on Friday, shortly after an emergency meeting of the NEC at the national secretariat of the organisation in Enugu, said the late Obiozor will be buried on Friday, February 10, 2023, in his home town in Awo-Omamma, Imo state.
Emuchay said there would be activities prior to the burial of the late president-general, including a valedictory session at the national secretariat and other activities at the National Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos and Abuja.
He also said the burial committee would be chaired by former President-General of Ohanaeze, Gary Enwo-Igariwey, with the PG of Ohaneze Imo state, I.C Ihemedu as its secretary, adding that all members of NEC and other stakeholders across the seven states of Ohanaeze will also form the burial committee.
Emuchay further said that the Deputy PG of Ohanaeze, Joel Kroham, who died last August would be buried on February 4, 2023, in Rivers State, noting that this was the first time that the organisation was losing its president general and deputy at almost the same time.
He said, “A central planning committee will come up together with sub-committees. The chairman and the secretary will handle that.
“The NEC however wants to assure that the ship of Ohanaeze is in safe hands.
“We shall pass through this very difficult period and everything will be done to ensure that the late Obiozor, his deputy and Mbazuilke Amaechi who also died on November 1, 2022, are accorded the dignity and honour that they deserve.”
The NEC appealed to all members of Ohanaeze both in Nigeria and in the diaspora to make out time and open condolence registers and give people the opportunity to say goodbye to Obiozor.
Obiozor who was elected the 10th President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on January 9, 2021, died in December 2022 at the age of 80.