Pope Benedict XVI has congratulated Goodluck Jonathan, the federal government and all Nigerians on the occasion of our countryâ€™s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
A personal congratulatory message from the Pope was delivered to Mr Jonathan on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, by the Popeâ€™s special envoy and personal representative, Cardinal Peter Turson. In the message to the president, Pope Benedict conveyed his â€œprayerful wishes for the continued well-being, growth and prosperity of Nigeria and its citizensâ€.
Responding, Mr Jonathan asked the Cardinal to convey the appreciation of the government and people of Nigeria to the Pope. He said that Nigerians appreciated the Holy Fatherâ€™s prayers and will continue to have good relations with the Vatican.
Also today at the Presidential Villa, Mr Jonathan received the Chinese Minister of Industry and Information, Li Yizhong, who is representing his countryâ€™s President, Hu Jintao at the celebrations.