A statement from the President’s office said on Saturday that Pope Francis would be visiting Nigeria soon, but didn’t specify a date.
President Goodluck Jonathan made the statement after paying a courtesy visit to the Pope at the Vatican on Saturday with his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan.
The President exchanged gifts with his holiness, while the pair were said to have discussed poverty alleviation, Nigeria’s recent passing of the anti same-sex marriage bill and inter-faith dialogue.
The president and his entourage arrived Rome on Friday night where they were met by the representatives of the Pope.
President Goodluck Jonathan then began his pilgrimage in the Holy City after his audience with the Pope. He was accompanied by other pilgrims from Anambra, Kaduna and Abuja as well as other Nigerians living in Italy.