Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi has hailed Nigeria’s Bishop Peter Okpaleke who was ordained as cardinal by Pope Francis.
Religion Nigeria reported that the Pope appointed Bishop Okpaleke and 19 others as cardinals at a consistory scheduled for 27 August 2022.
The ordination was held on Saturday at Vatican City in Rome, Italy, according to the Catholic rites,
In a Twitter post on Saturday, the former Anambra state governor noted that Cardinal Okpaleke is not just a blessing to the Nigerian church but to the universal church.
Reacting, Obi hailed the outstanding work of the newly-ordained cardinal, adding that he remains a valuable asset which has continued to propel him higher in the priestly vocation.
He wrote; “I rejoice with His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Okpaleke as he canonically receives the Red Hat from His Holiness, Pope Francis at a Consistory in Rome today, by which function, he has become a fully-fledged Prince of the Universal Church.
“He has remained a blessing to not just the church in Nigeria, but the universal church. His patience, understanding and wide perspectives on issues remain some of his valuable assets that have continued to propel him higher in the priestly vocation.
“The massive turn out of Nigerians across regions and religions at the event added colour to the day, and reinforced the spirit of love and unity which transcends tribe and religion, and for which Nigeria is known.- PO”