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Nigerian president beckons on Nigerians to pray for Pope Francis successful surgery

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by Omenihu Alfred fibmn

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Nigerian Prsident, Malam Garba Shehu has revealed that president Buhari has sent a get-well message to the Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis as he heads in for a scheduled surgery of the colon as he calls for prayers from Nigerians and the global community as the Pontiff goes in for this routine operation wishing  Pope Francis a quick recovery.

According to close resources, Pope Francis was admitted to hospital in Rome for scheduled surgery on his large intestine. This was communicated on yesterday just three hours after Francis had cheerfully greeted the public in Saint Peter’s Square and told them he will go to Hungary and Slovakia in September.

The brief statement from the Holy See’s press office did not say exactly when the surgery would be performed at the Gemelli Polyclinic, a Catholic teaching hospital, only that there would be a medical update when the surgery is complete.

But the Vatican indicated later that the surgery would be the same day. It was the pope’s first known hospital treatment since he was elected to the papacy in 2013.

The Vatican said the 84-year-old pope had been diagnosed with “symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon”, a reference to a narrowing in the large intestine