By Lawrence Olaoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State for the recognition by Pope Francis over his promotion of social harmony, good neighbourliness and a willingness to help individuals, institutions and other states.
In a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President felicitated with the government and people of Anambra State for the deserved award to the governor, which takes into full cognisance the maturity and decency of the governor in handling the last elections in the state.
Buhari also commended Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican, who will lead a Pontifical Mass preceding the special award by the Catholic Church to Governor Obiano on December 8, 2018.
The President affirmed that the recognition by the Catholic Church will send the right signal to other states and all Nigerians that free, fair and peaceful elections are realisable, especially when political leaders declare their stand against non- violence and properly sensitize the electorate.
Buhari equally congratulated Chief Obi Adimora and Mr Chidi Amamgbo who will also receive awards at the event.