Pope’s Representative Applauds Gov Ugwuanyi’s Leadership Style

…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

Government Area.

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”.