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Elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has emerged as the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, replacing the late Prof. George Obiozor.
A delegation of the Imo Elders Council, led by the chairman, HRM Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, presented
Iwuanyanwu to Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, on Wednesday, at the Government House, Owerri.
Ilomuanya told Uzodinma that the decision to adopt Iwuanyanwu was taken by the Imo State Council of Elders at its meeting in April in Owerri.
While appealing to the governor to grant his approval to the adoption by the council, Ilomuanya described Iwuanyanwu as a versatile, dynamic, and broad-minded personality.
Iwuanyanwu had earlier revealed that he is currently under pressure to take over the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo following the death of president general, Prof George Obiozor.
He made this known yesterday when he hosted a group, the Igbo Delegate Assembly.
During the visit, the group president, Chikezie Nwogu, disclosed that they were on a mission from 19 northern states to appeal to Iwuanyanwu to accept the leadership of Ohanaeze to complete Obiozor’s tenure.
He said, ‘The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation is in dire need of a central voice and a leadership that will change the existing narrative and adopt a new approach that will address the challenges facing Ndigbo Worldwide.
‘l believe Iwuanyanwu is the man whose pedigree and antecedents can give Ndigbo the desired leadership and direction, especially at this time.’
In his response, Iwuanyanwu said many Igbo leaders had been asking him to take over the organisation’s leadership. He highlighted that some programmes have been mapped out to improve the lot of Ndigbo.