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    Ohaneze Ndi Igbo loses Dep National president, Kroham

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    By Grace Obi, Awka

    President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador Professor George Obiozor has announced the passing on of a truly committed Igbo chauvinist, erstwhile gallant Biafran soldier, faithful compatriot, harmonizer of interests and community leader, the Deputy President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, High Chief Joel Kroham, at the age of 74.

    This is contained in a statement by the national publicity secretary of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Dr Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnaia

    Kroham hailed from Upatabo in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.

    He retired from the Rivers State public service in 2014 as a Director of Finance.

    Before his retirement, the government of Rivers State found him worthy for an appointment as a Justice of Peace in 2007; and the entire people of Ekpeye were to confer on him the Unwo Egbeite Ekpeye of Ekpeye Land in 2008. Above all, he was at a point elected the President General of the Uzugbani Ekpeye.

    Until he passed on Saturday, August 27, 2022, Kroham was at the forefront in the advocacy for a President of Nigeria from the South East.

    One of his last public outings was when he discharged an official function as the Special Guest of Honour at the Inauguration of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, South South Zone which held at the Igoni Grand View Hotel, Airport Road, Port Harcourt on July 22, 2022. Far before the Port Harcourt event, Kroham had demonstrated an extra-ordinary commitment to Igbo nationalism and thus highly devoted to the galvanization of all Igbo interest groups.

    It is on record that Joel Kroham was allergic to the crop of some Igbo quislers in the South South of Nigeria who have unabashedly betrayed and denied their ancestral roots; their conscience, identity and have sold their umbilical cord for a mess of pottage. On the other hand, Kroham never suffered an identity crisis. 

     He volunteered for enlistment into the Biafran Army and returned from the war front with bullet wound.

    He maintained his Igbo dignity; remained unadulterated, courageous and proud of his origins until his transition.  
    Obiozor mourns Kroham as one of the most dependable, loyal and trusted deputies who defied all the contemporary Nigerian vagaries to remain faithful and focused to the pursuit of Igbo agenda. Prof. Obiozor sends his condolences to the wife, children, extended family and relatives. He further enjoins all Igbo to pray to the Almighty to grant the soul of Joel kroham an eternal rest in his bosom.

    While urging the immediate family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude and serenity, Obiozor assures the family that Ohanaeze Ndigbo will not be left out in giving our fallen colleague a befitting burial.

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