The Igbo socio-cultural organization otherwise known as Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has mourned the passing of His Royal Majesty Obi Joseph Chike Edozien, traditional ruler of Asaba, Delta State.
The group relates the late Traditional ruler as “ an Igbo Pioneer, a reflective intellectual giant, purveyor of high morals and exemplary royalty.”
According to reports by newsmen, the Monarch died on Thursday, February 8, 2024.
However, Late Asagba of Asaba was lauded by Ohanaeze as a “rare gem who displayed achievement both in his chosen fields of endeavor and also in the cultural and traditional obligations imposed on him by the situations of his birth. The group also noted that the monarch was an exceptional blend of the finest Igbo tradition and modernism.”
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization affirmed this on Friday, as noted by a statement signed by its spokesperson, Dr Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, on behalf of the President-General, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu.”
“The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, mourns a reflective intellectual giant, purveyor of superior morals, an Igbo Pioneer, His Majesty, Prof. Obi Joseph Chike Edozien, CFR, the Asagba of Asaba as he passes on at 99.
“The Traditional ruler led the Asaba people with unassailable exemplariness, courage. In spite of all the splendors of aristocracy and the magnificence of monarchy at his disposal, the Asagba carried himself with the most profound of transparency and sincerity. The most dignifying of the Asagba persona is located in his power and unwavering commitment to his modest, inordinate and ethical convictions.
“Asagba was a rare treasure who displayed accomplishments both in his chosen fields of endeavor and also in the cultural and traditional duties imposed on him by the circumstances of his birth. Obi was an exceptional blend of the finest Igbo tradition and modernism.
“The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Chief Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, MFR; OFR; CFR; FNICE; FNSE; FNIST; KSG (Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo) is in deep sorrow over the death of His Majesty at a time his wise counsel is most needed.
“The Igbo leader sympathized with the immediate family of His Majesty, the government and good people of Delta State for this irreparable loss,” the statement read.