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The National Executive Council, (NEC) of the apex Igbo sociocultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has announced a new date for the burial ceremony of its late president general, George Obiozor.
The family had earlier slated Friday, February 3 for the burial.
Obiozor, who was elected the 10th President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on January 10, 2021, died in December 2022 at 80.
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State announced his death in a statement, describing him as ‘an exceptional diplomat and a tenacious patriot whose demise was a big loss to the state, Southeast and entire Nigeria.’
However, while announcing the burial arrangements during an emergency meeting of the NEC at the national secretariat of the organisation in Enugu, the secretary-general of the apex Igbo body, Okey Emuchay, said that Obiozor would be buried on Friday, February 10, 2023, in his home town of Awo-Omamma, Imo State.
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He said that there would be activities prior to the burial of the late PG, 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 announced that the former PG of Ohanaeze, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey would head the burial committee with the President of Ohanaeze, Imo State, I.C Ihemedu as its secretary.
Emuchay added that all members of NEC and other stakeholders across the seven states of Ohanaeze would also be members of the burial committee.
‘A central planning committee will come up together with sub-committees,’ he said. ‘The chairman and the secretary will handle that.’
Emuchay also announced that the Deputy PG of Ohanaeze, Joel Kroham, who died last August would be buried on February 4, in Ahoada, Rivers State, noting that this was the first time that the organization was losing its president-general and deputy president-general at almost the same time.