Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on the peoples of the world to return to God as the solution to many problems and vices plaguing humanity at the moment.
Speaking to journalists at the Vatican City yesterday shortly after the canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, which took place at St. Peter’s Basilica Square, Obi said partaking in such solemn celebration reminded him about Christians who really lived the life of Christ through heroic faith and faithfulness to God, saying that if other Christians kept their faith through living it out as Saints like Pope Paul XXIII and Pope John Paul II did, the world would have been a better place.“Look at the virtues of the two popes that were canonised today (yesterday), one, Pope John XXIII was a reformer, for he convoked the 2nd Vatican Council which did a lot for the Church and aided in the growth of faith. Look at Pope John Paul II, he distinguished himself in the pilgrimage of faith,” Obi said.
Obi called on Nigerians to imitate the lives of these two great Popes, especially on their emphasis on peace in the world and genuine reconciliation among the peoples of the world. He called for genuine reconciliation among Nigerians and appealed to those who were out just to discredit the Government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to know that they were thereby doing violence to themselves.
Obi was on the federal government delegation to the Vatican, led by the Senate President, Bonaventure David-Mark. Others included the Coordinating Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Lawrencia Labaram-Mallam and the Pilgrims Boss, Kennedy Opara, among others.