By Evelyn Okakwu
President Goodluck Jonathan has called on the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis 1, to help promote inter-faith Dialogue in Nigeria and other parts of the world to foster greater global peace and security.
A Statement by the Chief Press Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Celestine Ogugua said the president made this known at the Vatican after a private meeting with the Pope.
President Jonathan who noted that the Pope is committed to the promotion of inter-faith dialogue added that his administration was already working in close collaboration with Cardinal John Onaiyekan to strengthen inter-faith dialogue in Nigeria
“My coming to see the Pope was to discuss issues, especially that of inter-faith dialogue which the Vatican has been promoting.
Also, the Pope has been advocating that the world should do more to eradicate poverty and make sure that the ordinary people of this world are in a position to live more decent lives.
The Pope is very dedicated to poverty alleviation and I also discussed with him on how we can collaborate more with the Vatican on what we are already doing in this regard back home,” the President said.
He assured the Pope of his administration’s continued commitment to the promotion of religious harmony and the peaceful co-existence of people of all faiths.
Speaking further, President Jonathan said his administration will continue to work diligently to alleviate poverty in Nigeria through more inclusive economic growth and development.
President Jonathan, who noted that Pope Francis has always taken a keen interest in Nigeria, said that the Pope promised to visit the country.