Former vice-presidential candidate Peter Obi has congratulated the apostolic nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu on his appointment by Pope Francis as the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations office and specialised institutions in Geneva.
The Holy Father also named Nwachukwu as permanent observer to the World Trade Organisation and the representative of the Vatican to the International Migrations Organisation.
Mr Obi described the appointment as not just an appreciation for his labour, but a bigger platform with which Nwachukwu could impact more lives.
The ex-governor described the new positions as being very critical, not just to the church, but the global community.
“It is my hope that by your appointments as the permanent observer of the Holy See, Vatican, to the United Nations office and specialised institutions in Geneva, and permanent observer to the World Trade Organisation, WTO, and the representative of the Vatican to the International Migrations Organisation, you will continue to contribute to policies that will promote global economies, restore the dignity of man and lead men closer to God. I am confident in your ability to excel in your new positions,” he said.
Obi, who is also a Catholic, prayed for wisdom upon Nwachukwu and thanked the pope for finding “our brother and friend, worthy of occupying such an exalted position.”