…Says he is a good governor, father to all
The Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi
has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his
closeness to God and exemplary leadership style, which has brought
peace and good governance to the state.
The Apostolic Nuncio – Pope Francis’ representative in Nigeria – spoke
in Enugu, when he led a delegation comprising a Cardinal, Archbishops,
Bishops and Priests of the Catholic Church to pay a courtesy visit to
Gov. Ugwuanyi at the Government House.
The clerics were in the state for the Episcopal Ordination of Most
Rev. Ernest Obodo as the Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu Diocese, which took
place on Friday at St. Paul’s Parish, Ozalla, Nkanu West Local
Most Rev. Filipazzi, who was warmly received by Governor Ugwuanyi,
informed the governor of the purpose of his visit and also commended
him for his faithful service to the church and to the residents of
Enugu State, irrespective of religion, state of origin and ethnicity.
The Pope’s representative described Gov. Ugwuanyi as “a good governor”
and “a father of the family”, adding that he is inspired by the
governor’s good works in the state and his commitment to the
development of the church.
His words: “You (Ugwuanyi) have faithfully served the church; you are
a good governor; you are a governor for everyone living in this state,
Catholic and non-Catholic; from every group you are the father of the
family for everybody and of course things are not separated. I think
you have found inspiration in your work as a governor; I also feel you
belong to the Catholic Church”.
Archbishop Filipazzi, equally appreciated the collaboration between
the governor and the Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus
Onaga, stressing that the emergence of the first Auxiliary Bishop of
the diocese would enhance the evangelical duties of the church in the
In his goodwill message, Gov. Ugwuanyi thanked God for the success of
the event and equally expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for finding
Most Rev. Obodo worthy of elevation to “this important position”.
The governor, who welcomed the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria and other
revered clerics of the Catholic Church to the state, expressed joy
that the Episcopal consecration was one of “the most glorious and
significant” of all the many outstanding events that have happened in
the state, saying that the reason was because “it is all about God”.
“As a Catholic and a member of the laity, I feel personally honoured
and inspired that this event is taking place under my watch as the
Chief Servant of the people of this state and it actually goes to
strengthen our conviction that Enugu State is truly in the hands of
God”, he said.
Congratulating Bishop Onaga and the entire Catholic Diocese of Enugu
on this milestone achievement, Gov. Ugwuanyi stated that it “is
another testament to the remarkable growth and progress that the
diocese has made since its creation in 1962”.
He therefore, thanked the Catholic Church in the state for the
spiritual support, wise counsel, encouragement and leadership that it
has offered his administration since inception, pledging to continue
to rely on the prayers, solidarity and goodwill of the church “as we
work to fulfill the mandate graciously given to us by our people”.