Nigeria Needs Peace Now More than Ever Before –Papal Nuncio

By Josef Ishu

The Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, His Excellency, Most Rev. Antonio Guido Filipazzi, on Thursday, April 15, declared that Nigeria needs peace now more than ever before.

The Papal Nuncio, who made the declaration in his homily during the investiture with the Pallium on the Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Matthew Ishaya Audu, said that the greeting of Jesus ‘Peace be with you’, is a wish for peace, especially in these difficult times of ours and in this country, “Because peace is threatened or destroyed daily by various factors: violence, injustice, corruption and selfishness, hatred and rivalry, pride and immorality, falsehood and betrayal. It is precisely to Nigeria and its citizens that the Lord wishes peace, which, in order to be true, must be founded on respect for justice”.

Archbishop Filipazzi stressed that such peace is a gift of God to be implored constantly in ‘Prayer for Nigeria in Distress. “Let us pray then, also in this celebration, that the greeting and good wishes of the Risen Christ to His Apostles may be truly effective, and that in the power of His Holy Spirit the face of this part of the earth and of the whole earth may be renewed”, the Nuncio prayed.

The Papal Envoy to Nigeria reminded Archbishop Audu that the investiture with the Pallium is a reminder of his personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. “Let us pray that Archbishop Matthew will live even more deeply his personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, seeking to know and follow, but also to make known and live to the faithful of Jos and of the whole Ecclesiastical Province, the will of God, and not his own or that of the world”, adding that in this way, the shepherds and the faithful will live according to the word of Jesus.