Kenneth Udeh

The South East Governors Forum has conveyed warm felicitations to Chief Emeka Anyaoku on the occasion of his 91st birthday.

The forum in a statement issued through its Director General Senator Uche Ekwunife on Friday evening expressed a heartwarming tribute to Anyaoku describing him as a distinguished statesman and diplomat.

According to the statement Anyaoku’s remarkable contributions to diplomacy, governance, and international relations have left an indelible mark, not only in the SouthEast region but also on the global stage.

Ekwunife also noted that Chief Emeka Anyaoku’s illustrious career in diplomacy spans several decades and is characterized by a commitment to fostering international cooperation, peace, and development.

The statement also chronicled Anyaoku’s life which recalled how he was born on January 18, 1933, in Obosi, Anambra State and rose to prominence as a distinguished diplomat, earning respect and admiration for his diplomatic acumen, leadership, and unwavering dedication to advancing the common good.


It read partly; “Anyaoku’s diplomatic journey reached its zenith when he served as the third Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, holding the esteemed position from 1990 to 2000. His tenure at the Commonwealth Secretariat was marked by a focus on democratic governance, human rights, and sustainable development across member nations.

“Under Chief Emeka Anyaoku’s leadership, the Commonwealth underwent significant transformations, solidifying its role as a vital force for global progress. His tenure coincided with a period of geopolitical shifts and challenges, including the end of apartheid in South Africa.

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The South-East Governors also highlighted his achievements;

“His emphasis on inclusivity and collaboration contributed to the strengthening of ties among member states, creating an environment conducive to shared goals and mutual understanding. His legacy as the Commonwealth Secretary-General remains a testament to the transformative power of diplomacy in promoting peace and prosperity on a global scale.

“His commitment to nation-building, democratic ideals and inclusive governance has earned him respect as a national elder statesman.

In the aftermath of Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999, Chief Anyaoku continued to contribute to the nation’s development. His advocacy for good governance and transparent leadership has served as a guiding light for political leaders, emphasizing the importance of ethical conduct and service to the people.

The Forum further urged Nigerians to reflect on the principles portrayed by Anyaoku while celebrating his achievements adding that his Birthday presents an opportunity to reaffirm the enduring value of diplomacy, collaboration, and ethical leadership.



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