Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis, described Vivian Ogu, 14, Sunday as an example for all Christians in Nigeria and the rest of the world.
The armed thieves shot the teenager after resisting the violence they suffered when his family’s home in Benin City was invaded almost 10 years ago.
The Pope, represented by Archbishop Guampetno Dal Toso, spoke on Sunday at the closing ceremony of the Congress of the National Mission of Nigeria in the city of Benin.
The congress held at the Vivian Ogu mission animation center in the city of Benin is part of the Church’s processes to determine whether to beatify it with its holiness.
“She (Vivian) showed us how we can live our faith without minding the consequences.
“We are here in Nigeria because of the good example of a young woman who gave her life for the fidelity of her faith,” the Pope said.
Speaking also Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, said; “You must see the hand of God in this. How many times have we been hearing that armed robbers killed people?
“This is not the first time armed robbers are killing people but this particular case is special.”
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, eulogised the life and times Vivian Ogu, saying her life was worth of emulation.
According to Akubeze, her death was a clarion call for Christians to practise their faith.