Igwe John Ositadimma Umenyiora, Ezedioramma 1 of Ogbunike and Okpala Iguedo, has passed on.
Following his passing, President Muhammadu Buhari has responded deplorably to the news.
An announcement by his Spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the president was pitiful about the death.
He stretched out ardent empathies to Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, the Ogbunike people group in Oyi Local Government and the Umenyiora family.
Buhari asserted that the ruler, all through his 44 years on the seat, showed his profound friendship and love for the improvement of his subjects.
He said Umenyiora worked eagerly to improve the prosperity of his kin through training, trade, financial strengthening and advancement.
Buhari reviewed that when he initially looked to be chosen President of Nigeria in 2003, a commendable child of Ogbunike, Dr Chuba Okadigbo, was his running mate.
“President Buhari encourages the Ogbunike community, town of the famous cave in South East, Nigeria, to continue to honour Igwe Umenyiora’s legacy of commitment to peaceful co-existence, prosperity and harmony.
“As the community prepares for the last Ofala of the highly revered ruler who proudly showcased the rich Igbo culture, President Buhari prays for the peaceful repose of the soul of Okpala Iguedo, as well as the selection of a worthy successor, who will build on the achievements of the first Igwe of Ogbunike,” the statement read.