President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Pope Francis as he turned 80. The President joined the Roman Catholic Church in particular and Christendom in general in celebrating the milestone in the life of the Pontiff, who he said, has shown uncommon humility, generosity and love for humanity.
In a statement signed by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, and made available to newsmen yesterday, the President said Pope Francis has lived, preached and demonstrated the tenets of the Christian faith, like Saint Francis of Assisi, who influenced the world around him by caring for the weak, the poor and helpless.
Buhari, the statement said, assured that the teachings of His Holiness on peace, love and tolerance in a world embroiled in conflicts would not be lost on leaders and will continue to resonate through many generations.
He prayed that the Almighty God grants Pope Francis longer life and good health, as he serves God and humanity, the statement said.