By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has expressed sadness over the death of former President of World Igbo Congress, Dr Larry Udorji.
Udorji, 59, died in the Washington area of the United States after a protracted battle with prostate cancer.
A statemement by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C Don Adinuba described late Udorji as a young, vibrant, energetic, forward looking man who was passionate about the living standards of the people at home as he was about the affairs of the people in the United States and elsewhere in the world.
Obiano in a letter of condolence to the the current WIC president, Professor Anthony Ejiofor, lamented that the government and people of Anambra State have lost a versatile intellectual, entrepreneur, community mobilizer and devotee to the public good.
The statement partly reads, “Udorji’s values were shaped by his several years of training in the seminary in Nigeria and in such secular institutions as Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Howard University in Washington DC and Walden University in Minnesota where he trained in disciplines as diverse as Latin, Philosophy and Clinical Psychology”.
Governor Obiano in a message of condolence message to the Traditional Ruler of Ihiala, Igwe Thomas Ikenna Obidiegwu, over Dr Udorji’s death, urged the people of Ihiala to “take solace in the fact that though your distinguished son left this planet at a rather early age, you should be proud of the fact that he touched many lives deeply and took an active part in the social and cultural affairs of his hometown that enabled him to take the high traditional title of Ichie Ihiala, a town which, according to the Anambra State Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Town Union Affairs, has a well-established history of monarchy spanning some 700 years.
“Follow Dr Udorji’s footsteps and embrace the values of peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, progress, service above self and solidarity which is commonly referred to in Igboland as “onye aghana nwanne ya.
“These are the values which drive rapid progress in Igboland, especially Anambra State in the last few years.”
In his response, Professor Ejiofor thanked the Governor for his swift message to the World Igbo Congress, saying that Obiano was the first Nigerian governor to condole the WIC leadership following the passage of a worthy predecessor, who he described as friend and confidant.