By Ochai Monday (Abuja)
Engr Sanusi Abdul-Fari, National President of IPMAN
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN, has expressed its heart-felt condolences with the Board of Trustee, BOT Chairman, Chief Lawson Obasi, the Ugwu Aro of Arochukwu and the entire people of Arochukwu in Abia state over the death of their paramount traditional ruler, Eze Aro of Arochukwu, Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, CFR.
In a press statement released by National President of IPMAN Engr Sanusi Abdul-Fari on behalf of the Association’s National Executive Council NEC to sympathize with Chief Obasi, the family and people of Arochukwu Kingdom, the body extolled the nationalistic, selfless and courageous leadership qualities exhibited by Mazi Okoro that saw him ruling for 25 years and passing on at the age of 89
“Arochukwu is known in south-eastern Nigeria for its rich cultural heritage that has transcended generations. As a first class traditional ruler whose affectionate, compassionate and intimacy centred leadership has preserved the kingdom for a quarter of century today, there is no doubt that Mazi Okoro has contributed immensely to the growth and development of his people and by extension Nigeria in general and will surely be missed” the statement read.
“We therefore join the millions of sumpathisers across the world who are sending condolence messages to the family from far and near to pray that God in his infinite mercy grants him eternal rest. We also pray that God grants the family, relatives and the people of Arochukwu the fortitude to bear the loss.” The statement added. “Though we will miss him dearly, let us be consoled by the fact that he lived a fulfilled life” the statement concluded.
It could be recalled that Mazi Okoro before ascending to the throne in 1995 was pioneer Head of Department of Laboratory Technology at the University of Nigeria Teaching hospital, Enugu. He is an epitome of simplicity and a character every Nigerian should emulate.