Apex Igbo Socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has written to the legendary Igbo Family, “the Nwodos’, in commiseration for loss of their Patriarch, Dr. Joseph Nwodo.
We had earlier reported that, “The Nwodo family had announced the death of their patriarch and former presidential hopeful, Dr. Joseph Nwodo.
A statement from the family said that Joe Nwodo, elder brother of immediate past president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, died in a London hospital at the age of 77.
The statement signed by Emeka Nwodo, said Joe Nwodo completed his earthly race on March 10, this year at a hospital in the United Kingdom (UK) after a protracted illness he battled indefatigably.
It read: “He lived a very fulfilled life. Was one of the most notable politicians to emanate from Nsukka cultural zone, also known as Enugu North Senatorial zones, and indeed Nigeria. He was once a presidential aspirant of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), when he showcased a political style and flair that was second to none.
“He was a social phenomenon, a man who wrote the most brilliant and sesquipedalian speeches. Gigantesque in size and in intellect. Many referred to his intellectual and literary ability as “a gift,” “inborn”, “a knack,” “a talent.”
“One thing was certain; Joe Nwodo operated on a literary frequency higher than most, one that could only be compared to a supernatural being, “god-like.” He was indeed a rare breed, a mastermind and genius of our time.
“He was a lover of the poor. Ochendo umu-ogbenyi. His love and ambitions for the great people of Nsukka was unfathomable as it was immeasurable.”
The Group through a statement signed by their spokesman, Chief Alex Chiedozie Ogbonnia prayed for the fortitude to bear the loss.
The statement thus reads:
“The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador Prof. George A Obiozor commiserates with the Nwodo on the death of Dr Joe Nwodo. He describes Joe as a scholar, lawyer, gentleman, patriot and one of our best and brightest. In his reflection on life and times of Joe Nwodo, Obiozor stated that Joe “loved life and that his life was full of enthusiasm, exuberance and irresistible optimism”.
He prayed to God to grant Dr. Okwy Nwodo, Chief Nnia Nwodo and the entire members of Nwodo family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”