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April 13, 2024

Moral edifice: Ohanaeze mourns ex-minister, Ogbonnaya Onu

Moral edifice: Ohanaeze mourns ex-minister, Ogbonnaya Onu

Late Dr Ogbonnaya Onu

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has mourned the passing of the former Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, who died on Thursday.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo stated it received the news of the death of the first civilian governor of Abia State “with a rude shock”.

The organisation described him as “Igbo Titan; a path-finder, visionary, erudite scholar, astute politician and gentleman per excellence.”

According to the statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, the President-General of the highest Igbo group was heartbroken by the loss recounting the recent deaths of high-profile Igbo dignitaries.

The former minister and governor died at the age of 72.

The statement read, “The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, MFR; OFR; CFR; FNICE; FNSE; KSC (Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo) was heart-broken on hearing the sad news. 

“The Igbo Leader lamented the death of high profile Igbo dignitaries in a close sequence: Prof George Obiozor, Prof Joe Irukwu, Elder Dr. U. K. Kalu, Prof Ben Nwabueze, Dr. Sylvanus Ebigwei, Prof Chike Edozien, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife and today, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu; most of who were members of the Presidential Advisory Council of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.

“The Igbo Leader recalled with freshness how Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu displayed an awesome and remarkable magnanimity when in 1999, he surrendered his presidential ticket in the All Peoples Party (APP) to the Presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy AD, Chief Olu Falae. 

“Above all, Ogbonnaya Onu was one of the most principled Nigerians; he was a rare Nigerian who resisted all the entreaties and tantalizing perquisites of the ruling party, but chose to remain in the opposition throughout the 16 years of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

“Ogbonnaya Onu was an Igbo quintessence who contested the 2023 presidential election on the basis of his impressive credentials, disruptive intellect, visionary acumen, track record of accomplishments, transformative philosophy, equity, and unalloyed patriotism.

“He was a moral edifice who rendered sterling services to the country in several capacities and left with neither tarnish nor blemish. Onu was indeed exemplary.

“While we pray to the Almighty to grant the soul of Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu an eternal rest in his bosom, we urge the immediate family and indeed the government and the good people of Ebonyi State to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.”