President Buhari salutes Pope Francis at 80

Pope Francis

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Pope Francis as he turns 80 on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

The President joined the Roman Catholic Church in particular and Christendom in general, in celebrating this milestone in the life of the Pontiff.

According to the president, “he has shown uncommon humility, generosity and love for humanity.”

President Buhari believed Pope Francis has lived, preached and demonstrated the tenets of the Christian faith like Saint Francis of Assisi, who he said,  ”influenced the world around him by caring for the weak, the poor and helpless’ ‘.

The President assures that the teachings of His Holiness on peace, love and tolerance in a world embroiled in conflicts will not be lost on leaders and will continue to resonate through many generations.

He prayed that the Almighty God would grant Pope Francis longer life and good health, as he serves God and humanity.