President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Chief John Nwodo on his election as the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation.
In a statement issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday, Buhari said that Nwodo is eminently qualified for the job, given his long years of distinguished service to the nation.
The President appealed to Ndigbo as well as the wider community of Nigerians to support the new leadership to fulfil their mandate in these challenging times.
He said that he looked forward to working with the new leadership, and assured Ohanaeze Ndigbo that his administration would continue to be a partner-in-progress in implementing suggestions, measures and programmes to advance the unity, development and prosperity of Nigeria.
The Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has hailed the election of Nwodo as Ohanaeze Ndigbo leader.
Reacting to Nwodo’s election, Ekweremadu described him as a cerebral intellectual with well-established contacts across Nigeria and beyond, hence capable of helping Ndigbo to regain lost ground.
He said: “I congratulate Chief Nnia Nwodo and his team on their emergence. I have confidence in their ability to further reposition the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation and re-launch Ndigbo to a higher reckoning in the country, while also working with other parts of the nation for the overall development of Nigeria.”
He equally congratulated the newly elected executive of the Enugu State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Hon. Alex Chiedozie Ogbonnia.
Also, the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has congratulated Nwodo for emerging the new President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, pointing out that the delegates to the election and Ndigbo in general has made a wise choice by electing Nwodo.
The governor also congratulated DIG Hilary Opara (rtd) and Barr. Uche Okwukwu also on their elections as the Deputy National President and Secretary-General respectively of the Igbo apex body.
He charged Nwodo and his team to bring their wealth of experience to bear in piloting the affairs of the Pan-Igbo Organization and pursue those Policies that would quicken or accelerate the development and growth of Igbo land in particular and Nigeria in general.
Similarly, the South East Revival Group (SERG) has congratulated Nwodo on his election and urged him to use his goodwill to ensure Igbo sociocultural renaissance.
The group, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Chief Willy Ezugwu, appealed to the South East governors to continue to rally round his leadership all through his tenure for the benefit of all the Igbo-speaking people of Nigeria.