The Abia State PDP 2023 governorship candidate, Chief Okey Ahiwe has sent a goodwill message to former governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu on the event of his 59th birthday and the second annual lecture of the Ishmael Ikpeazu Memorial Library and Centre for Scientific Leadership.

Chief Ahiwe, thanked God for the life of Dr. Ikpeazu and commended the foresight of establishing the Ishmael Ikpeazu Library and Centre for Scientific Leadership, and instituting the annual lecture series to lead insightful conversations on social issues and evolve new paradigms of scientific leadership.

In his words, “Okezie Ikpeazu is a compassionate Philosopher King who, like other historical models in the crusade for human liberty, has never been addicted to vainglorious fantasies of power showmanship. He had always remained conscious, prior to and after his remarkably successful tenure as Governor, of the transient nature of power and the imperative obligation to invest it in constructing enduring structures for growth and defences of human freedom, anchored on peace. This reflects in his mantra of scientific leadership which the Ishmael Ikpeazu Centre is established to propagate. Men like Ikpeazu or Mahatma Ghandi or Martin Luther King Jr are mostly celebrated long after they have exited the stage, not as perfect mortals but as timeless legends whose perceived weakness became their greatest strengths, sometimes ascending to enigmatic realms of superhuman apotheosis, with authoritative footprints which no force on earth can obliterate.”

Chief Ahiwe while wishing Dr. Ikpeazu a very joyful birthday and God’s abundant blessings in the years ahead, called on Abians, Igbos and Nigerians at large, particularly youths and students, to visit the Ishmael Ikpeazu Memorial Library and Centre for Scientific Leadership which he described as a strategic educational and heritage resource centre.

Victor C. Nwokocha, ANIPR
Media Adviser to Chief Okey Ahiwe
October 18, 2023


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