Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was among several nationals and leaders from around the world who met on Thursday morning with Pope Francis in Saint Peters Square, Vatican City.
A statement from the speakers office said the Pope told the Speaker that he prays for the peace of Nigeria.
The Speaker had led Nigerian delegation to the Holy See for a morning mass where nationals and leaders from different countries of the world gathered to join His Holiness for the devotion and receive blessings from the Pontiff.
Dogara who described the meeting with Pope Francis as “awesome”, stated that he was pleasantly surprised and delighted to know that the pontiff is well informed about the happenings in Nigeria.
The moment I was introduced to him as the Speaker of the Nigerian Parliament, he said “how is Nigeria and how are you working for the peace of Nigeria?”
Pope Francis then told the Speaker that he always prays for the peace of Nigeria saying, ” I pray for the peace of Nigeria and pray for me also.”
The Speaker was accompanied by the Nigerian Ambassador to the Holy See, General George Godwin Umo (rtd) who disclosed that the Pope has been holding mass in honour of the 26 Nigerian girls that died in the Mediterranean sea while trying to enter Italy few weeks ago.
Hon. Dogara is in Italy on the invitation of the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Ms Laura Boldrini, for an international conference on “Human Trafficking and women empowerment: The Partnership between Nigeria and Italy.”