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Obi Excited As Pope Appoints Nigerian Cleric Envoy to UN

…Condoles with Ezeife over Wife’s Demise

By Jude Atupulazi

The Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 Elections, Mr Peter Obi, has rejoiced with and congratulated the Apostolic Nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago, Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, who was recently appointed by Pope Francis as the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Office and Specialized Institutions in Geneva.

Pope Francis also appointed Archbishop Nwachukwu as Permanent Observer to the World Trade Organization, WTO, and the Representative of the Vatican to the International Migrations Organization.

This comes as Obi also condoled with a former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, over the loss of his wife.

Obi, in his congratulatory message to Bishop Fortunatus, said his new appointment was not just an appreciation for his labour in the vineyard, but a bigger platform from where he could impact more lives.

The former governor described the new positions as being very critical, not just to the Church, but the global community.

He expressed his wishes thus: ‘It is my hope that by your appointments as the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Office and Specialized Institutions in Geneva, and Permanent Observer to the World Trade Organization, WTO, and the Representative of the Vatican to the International Migrations Organization, you will continue to contribute to policies that will promote global economies, restore the dignity of man and lead men closer to God. I am confident in your ability to excel in your new positions.’

Obi prayed God to inundate Bishop Fortunatus with His wisdom and strength, while appreciating the Catholic Church, through the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for finding ‘our brother and friend, worthy of occupying such an exalted position.’

In another development, Obi has expressed shock over the death of Mrs. Ezeife Njideka, the wife of a former governor of Anambra State and prominent Igbo leader, Chukwuemeka Ezeife.

Obi, in a condolence message made available to Fides, expressed sadness over the former First Lady’s death, noting that the vacuum created by her death would be greatly felt by many.

Commiserating with Dr Ezeife, Obi encouraged him to remain strong in what he described as the seemingly turbulent times in life. Obi urged him to accept his beloved wife’s death as the will of the Almighty God, who, he observed, alone had the power to give and take life.

‘On behalf of my family, I sincerely condole with our former governor and elder statesman, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, over the loss of his beloved wife. One cannot question God in such seemingly turbulent times as this. But we must anchor our hope in the resurrection of the dead, as I pray God to comfort you and the entire Ezeife family,’ Obi said, while praying for the peaceful repose of her soul.