Welcoming dearly, the August Guests, His Excellency, Mr. Stefano De Leo, the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria and His Excellency, Most. Rev. Antonio Guido Filipazzi (Apostolic Nuncio) to Anambra, Governor Soludo described their visit to the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia as a blessing of God.
Speaking to the congregation, Governor Soludo said he comes with two message for the church; the first is to let them know that God loves Ekwulobia Diocese.
“We must let you know we appreciate your visit.
“As a member of this Diocese, I have come to join my brothers in Christ to welcome you. To thank you immensely for your support to Nigeria and the Diocese of Ekwulobia. Your support is very eminent,” Soludo said.
He apologized to the audience that he would be leaving early to attend to another ceremony where he shall be handing out appointment letters to 5000 newly, recruited teachers.
“I am happy you will be visiting peter University. The church is a very strong partner to human capital development, health and education,” Soludo maintained.
“The teachers we are recruiting will be posted to these schools. We must pay these 5000 teachers.
“I look forward to follow up with you for the conversation we started and the future partnership between Italy and Anambara state,” Soludo stressed.
His Eminence, Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpalaeke, Bishop Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia thanked Almighty God for making the day possible and for leading the august guests safely to Ekwulobia Diocese.
He appreciated the love they have shown by creating time to visit and experience the rich Anambra culture.
Grateful to all who graced the reception organized in the august visitors honor.
His Eminence emphasized the attendance and sacrifice of everyone confirms their strong faith in God, love for the guests and solidarity with the church and Italian State.
“The memories of this visit will remain ever green in our minds. My prayer is that our coming together today leads to increase in the faith of our people, improvement in our grassroots evangelization, invigoration and empowerment of the weak and the downtrodden.
“May God who has brought us together, lead us safely back to our various homes and places of work and apostolate,” His Eminence prayed.
Sen. Ifeanyi Uba (Senator, Anambra South Constituency and YPP Senatorial Candidate), Nelson Omenugha (Special Adviser to Governor Soludo on Youth Empowerment Program), Bishop Jonas Benson Okoye (Bishop of Nnewi Catholic Diocese) amongst others were present at the event.