Leaders of some pan-Igbo groups have hailed elder statesman and business mogul, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu for rallying support from eminent Igbo leaders in the emergence of the newly elected President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor.
The groups also commended southeast governors for leading by example by being united in the Ohanaeze Ndigbo election last Sunday.
Speaking in separate interviews with The Nation, the president-general of an umbrella body of all the youth organizations in the southeast geopolitical zone, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), Hon. Goodluck Ibem, and director-general of Concerned Imo Stakeholders Forum Worldwide, Comrade Edede Franklyn, lauded Iwuanyanwu for acting as a true Igbo statesman by ensuring that primordial sentiments did not deny Ndigbo the quality of leadership Prof. Obiozor would offer them through Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
According to Ibem,”We, in the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders are happy that at this stage in the life of Ndigbo in Nigeria, people like Chief Iwuanyanwu did not abandon their people. He stood firm to ensure that Ndigbo will chart a new way forward. We’re happy he led personalities, irrespective of their political leanings, made up of religious leaders, traditional rulers and other groups, to ensure that Obiozor, who possessed intimidating credentials, emerged victorious in that election on Sunday. God bless our Igbo leaders more to use stand as one in Nigeria .