By Obiora Akachukwu
Former Vice-President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has described the former President of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife as a patriot who left indelible mark on the sands of time.
Dr. Ikedife passed on Tuesday at his Nnewi residence at the age of 88.
Dr. Dozie Ikedife
Atiku Abubakar expressed his grief on Wednesday in a post shared via his Twitter account.
The former VP wrote: “On behalf of my family, I mourn the loss of Dr Dozie Ikedife, a former President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo.
“He was a true patriot who worked for a united, democratic and fair Nigeria. May he rest in peace.”
Ikedife, held the traditional title of Ikuku Ebu Nkpu, which was awarded to him by 14 communities in Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ekwusigo local government areas of Anambra State.
He was also a holder of an honorary chieftaincy title of Ikenga Nnewi and Odezuligbo Umueje. Ikedife was an obstetrician, gynaecologist and researcher of repute.
Ikedife held a Bachelor of Science degree obtained from the University of London in 1958, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, (MBBS), University Glasgow, Scotland, 1959 and a diploma in obstetrical, Royal College Ob-Gyn.
He was a onetime President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a presidential liason officer to President Shehu Shagari (1979-1983), a delegate to the Centenary Conference of Nigeria in 2014 and the chair of many Igbo groups.