- Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has been honoured by Pope Francis as a knight commander of the pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great at the Vatican
- The event was witnessed by Governor Obiano's family and friends in the diaspora
- Governor Obiano had previously been conferred with the title of Duke of the Catholic Laity of Nigeria
The governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano, has been honoured by Pope Francis as a knight commander of the pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great (KCSG) at the Vatican.
Legit.ng gathers that Obiano made the disclosure on his official Facebook page on Thursday, January 16, and shared pictures of the event.
Governor Obiano was flanked by members of his family as he posed for pictures in his ceremonial regalia.
Ifeanyi Aniagoh, senior special assistant on youth development and digital entrepreneurship to Obiano, said the governor occupies a rare position among the Catholic Laity in the southeast, having previously been conferred with the title of Duke of the Catholic Laity of Nigeria.
He said: "It was in recognition of his relentless support to the church that the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria awarded him the title of The Duke and his wife, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu, as The Duchess of the Catholic Church.
"Other world leaders who have been honoured with the title of Knight of St. Gregory the Great are Sir Alexander Mathew Busby who managed Manchester United from 1945 - 1969.
"General Sir Peter John, retired senior Australian Army officer who was also the 26th Governor-General of Australia and Peter Paul McSwiney, Lord Mayor of Dublin among many illustrious others."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that aspirants were already emerging for the next gubernatorial election in Anambra in 2021.
The contestants who are majorly from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are all top business tycoons in the state.
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