In the second paragraph of the letter, Pope Francis wrote: “NIGERIA, known as the “African giant”, with its more than 160 million inhabitants, is set to play a primary role, not only in Africa but in the world at large. In recent years, it has experienced robust growth in the economic sphere and has again reasserted itself on the world stage as an attractive market, on account of its natural resources as well as its commercial potential. It is now considered officially the single largest African economy. It has also distinguished itself as a political player widely committed to the resolution of crisis situations in the continent.”
Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has come out to commend Nigeria over the exponential growth of the economy – which has been recorded during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking via a letter to Nigerian Bishops released by the Vatican Radio, Pope Francis, highlighted the “robust growth” of the economy., which has seen Nigeria become the number one ranked country in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Direct foreign Investment in Africa.