GOVERNOR Willie Obiano of Anambra State was recently knighted at the Vatican as Knight Commander of the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great, KCSG.
The Order of St. Gregory, the Great is one of the five Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See is bestowed on Roman Catholic men and women in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and the Catholic Church through outstanding efforts. It is also in recognition of great personal examples they have set in their countries and communities.
The ceremony, which was performed by the Supreme Pontiff and leader of the Catholic Church, worldwide, Pope Francis was witnessed by the governor’s close family members from Nigeria and in the diaspora and other close aides and friends.
With his investiture as the Knight Commander of the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great, KCSG, Governor Obiano occupies a rare position among the Catholic Laity in the South East, having been conferred with the title of Duke of the Catholic Laity of Nigeria five years ago.
Close observers and associates testified that the new Papal Knight has been a pillar of the Church, since his years in the private sector. Before he assumed office as Governor of Anambra State, Obiano was the patron of Catholic Women Association, Missionary of St. Paul’s Society, Catholic Women’s Organization, Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria and the Grand Pillar of St. Gerald Catholic Church, Gbagada Estate, Lagos.
It was in recognition of his relentless support for the Church that the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria awarded him the title of The Duke and his wife, Ebelechukwu, as The Duchess of the Catholic Church.