Accolades and Encomium: Peter Obi’s pay back for a Catholic Priest.
Nigeria’s Francis Cardinal Arinze – speculated by some media reports as a highly favoured successor to John Paul II but did not gain a substantial number of votes in the 2005 papal conclave, had in 2016, hailed former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi for giving direction to education in the state by returning mission schools to the owners and the massive investments his government made in men and school infrastructure.
And now, 2018, as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former governor of Anambra state, Mr. Peter Obi, in what looked like a pay back of complements yesterday, showered accolades on the respected Catholic priest as he marked his 60th anniversary as a priest, describing him as Nigeria’s exemplary export to the universal Church.
Extolling the good stewardship of Arinze, both in and outside the shores of Nigeria, the former governor described him as one of the few Nigerians who had excelled in their chosen fields by rivaling the bests in the world.
According to Obi, “when you look at people like him, who excelled both within and outside the country, you are persuaded to believe that the problem with Nigeria is not human resources, but getting the right people to take charge of the affairs of the country”, Obi said.
Describing Arinze’s 60 years of priesthood as “no mean achievement,” Obi, while speaking in Lagos, prayed that God should continue to grant Francis Cardinal Arinze the health of mind and body.
Obi, while attributing Arinze’s commendable achievement of proving himself as a worthy Prince of the Church, to rigorous selection process of the Catholic Church, which places emphasis on antecedents as a major prerequisite for appointments, selection and election, call on Nigeria to emulate this. – evaluating the past of those they wish to entrust with the governance of the country.
“Before making our choice, we should ask what the person has done in the past, has he created wealth? Has he showed marked interest in education, How many people has he employed? These are Necessary questions”