Pope Francis offers to help Nigeria combat insecurity
Posted by News Express | 21 June 2021 | 504 times
•Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis
By BENNETT JOSHUA
The Head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis on Monday has offered to help Nigeria in combating the current insecurity in the country.
He also expressed the readiness of the Vatican to collaborate with Sub-Saharan Africa in ending terrorism in the country.
Pope Francis gave the assurance when Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Vatican City (Holy See), Ambassador Adikwu, submitted his letter of credence.
Describing the spate of insecurity in the West African sub-region as “not just a Nigerian problem but global one,” the Holy Father called for prayers to enable Nigeria overcome the situation.
He disclosed that he “will personally be involved in praying for Nigeria to overcome the situation.”
In his remarks, Ambassador Adikwu commended the leadership role provided by the Pope to the world.
He assured the Holy Father of his readiness to hit the ground running, as he intend to start prayer sessions with major religious organization both in Nigeria and the Vatican City for the country Nigeria.
He further promised to ensure that Nigeria- Holy See Relation is taken to the next level, even as he called on Nigerians to continue to be law abiding and to represent the country’s image in the Vatican and Italy at large.
“As Nigerians in Italy, they should put the interest of Nigeria as a country in their business in whatever they do,” he stressed.
Responding to the concerns of poor relations between Nigerians in the Vatican City and officials of the Nigerian Embassy, Patrick Imologhome, Head of Chancery, Nigeria Embassy, Holy See, said the Nigerian Community will see an improved engagement.
Nigeria and Holy See opened a new diplomatic vista on Monday 21st June 2021 to promote bilateral relations between both parties. (Daily Independent)