President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commended the contribution of Pope Francis and the Holy See to global peace, describing it as “active and relentless.”
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving the Apostolic Nuncio (Ambassador of the Holy See), Archbishop Augustine Kasujja, who was on a farewell visit to the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President said the effort of the Pope for peace, especially in Syria, was inspiring and impressive.
“Please convey our gratitude to the Pope. We thank the Vatican for supporting Nigeria’s efforts. You have spent over six years here. We hope you will keep in touch,” Buhari said.
Kasujja extolled what he called “the courage of Nigerians,” especially as exhibited by the unbowed heads of people in the North-east, despite the devastation visited on them by years of insurgency.
He added that he visited all parts of the country in his almost seven years’ stay.
“If you permit me, I will love to be an ambassador of Nigeria wherever I go,” he declared.
The Apostolic Nuncio said he found Nigeria fascinating, and his tour of duty quite fulfilling and rewarding.