On Friday, the body of Professor Joseph Irukwu, a former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, was welcomed in the Abia State capital of Umuahia at the International Conference Centre, ICC.
An enormous audience of traditional rulers, business moguls, government officials, religious and community leaders, and others attended the memorial service for the late Igbo chieftain, who passed away in July 2023 at the age of 89.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, spoke at the gathering and lamented Irukwu’s passing as a major loss for the Igbo people.
Irukwu was a guy who stood for the unity and advancement of the Igbo, according to Iwuanyanwu, who remembers the selfless efforts of Irukwu during his lifetime.
He urged the next generation of Igbo leaders to take inspiration from Irukwu’s achievements.
The governor of Abia State, Alex Otti, expressed shock and sadness over Irukwu’s passing.
He claims that Irukwu, the country’s first Professor of Insurance, is an altruistic, patriotic figure.
For the Abia State Council of Elders, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu spoke highly of the former Ohanaeze Ndigbo President, noting that he promoted insurance among Igbo merchants and praised his contributions to the growth of the ancient Eastern area.
Item Welfare Union President Onwuka Orji also spoke, praising Irukwu for his contributions to the growth of his homeland.
The former Igbo leader, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, was received at the Abia State High Court Complex in Umuahia before the commendation service.
Burial for Irukwu will take place at Amaokwe Item in Bende LGA, Abia State, on Saturday, October 21.