BY DANIEL IDONOR
ABUJA—President Goodluck Jonathan in three separate letters to Pope Benedict XVI, Anthony Cardinal Okogie and Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, Wednesday, elicitated with the trio on different occasions of their lives.
The President congratulated Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah on his elevation to the position of Bishop in the Catholic Church.
Describing the elevation as a well deserved one in a personal letter to Bishop Kukah, the President also urge him to continue to use the pulpit to advance the cause of peace, progress, prosperity, harmony, equity, and justice in the country.
“On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Nigeria, I write to felicitate with you on your richly deserved elevation to the reverred position of Bishop in the Catholic Church.
“As you assumed duty as the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, I am confident that you will continue to use the pulpit to advance the cause of peace, progress, prosperity, harmony, equity, and justice in Nigeria,” he said.
Similarly, the President also congratulated His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Okogie who turned 75 years today.
“You have evidently lived a most eventful life. You have used the pulpit as an effective platform not only to advance the propagation of the gospel, but also as a vehicle to drive the cause of equity and social justice in our country and across the world.
“I pray that Almighty God continue to guide, strengthen and prosper you in many more years of accomplishment and service to humanity ahead,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Jonathan also yesterday expressed his appreciation to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, for his support and solidarity.
He also thanked the Pope for sending a representation to his inauguration ceremony in Abuja on May 29, 2011.
“Your kind gesture can only go to further deepen the strong cordial relations that subsist between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Holy See. I very much look forward to working with you in the cause of global growth, development, peace and security in years ahead,” the President said.