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Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has hailed the choice of elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, as the new president-general of the Igbo socio-cultural organisation.
The group noted Iwuanyanwu’s leadership would be a new beginning for Ndigbo in Nigeria.
The national publicity secretary of Ohanaze Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, in a statement issued on Friday which was made available to The Eastern Updates said various reactions from the members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Ohanaeze and from all the organs of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide indicated wild jubilations with the news that Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, who is also the chairman, Ohanaeze’s Council of Elders, had been selected as a replacement to Ambassador George Obiozor who died in 2022.
‘In line with a doctrine of necessity, the NEC had at the demise of Professor George Obiozor directed the people of Imo State to find a credible replacement to Obiozor for the post of president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide,’ he said.
He described Iwuanyanwu as ‘one of the finest amongst the Igbo; a philanthropist par excellence, massive employer of labour, robust creative thinker, brave soldier, accomplished engineer, astute business mogul, industrialist and sagacious politician’.
Ohanaeze also pointed out that Iwuanyanwu had also served as chairman of its State Creation Committee, Planning and Strategy Committee, Political Committee, and Constitution Drafting Committee.
The group commended the Imo State Council of Elders for unanimously selecting Iwuanyanwu and urged members of Imeobi Ohanaeze Ndigbo to endorse the decision of the Imo State Council of Elders in good faith.
‘From all perspectives, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, is an Eureka, an Igbo refund and a new beginning for Ndigbo’, Ohanaeze said.