Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has felicitated the new President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Professor George Obiozor.
Obiozor, a former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Israel and Cyprus, became the leader of the Igbo socio-cultural group after an election held at Dan Anyim Stadium in Owerri, the Imo state capital, on Sunday.
Reacting to the news, Atiku who spoke with Obiozor yesterday said he was elated that the process of the election was concluded in line with established democratic tenets.
He said by the outcome of the election, Igbos have not only proved pundits wrong but have shown that they are real democrats
He said this in a statement titled, ‘Atiku felicitates with Obiozor on election as President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo; urges cooperation with other ethno-social groups.’
He said, “Yesterday, I spoke with Prof. George Obiozor, newly elected President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. I congratulated him on his election.
“I am elated that the process that led to his election and that of the new executive was concluded in line with established democratic tenets.
“Like many, who have followed with keen interest the goings-on, I had wondered how the group will pull through the process of the election and still come out unscathed and still remain a cohesive and strong force with its integrity intact.
“By the outcome of this election, Ndigbo have not only proved the pundits wrong but have shown that they are real democrats.
“I have known Prof Obiozor since his days as Director-General of Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, and a one-time Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States of America, Israel and Cyprus.“I can attest to his brilliance, wisdom and experience, qualities that I am confident will come to bear as he pilots the affairs of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.