On Saturday 2nd June, the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, opened the church in the municipality of Rebola, which involved an investment of more than 1,500 million Franco CFA, and was wholly financed by the Government.
The Head of State was named “Favourite Son of Rebola” by the Mayor, and addressed the people with a greeting of peace and tranquillity, before urging them to defend the stability of the country, taking into account the chaotic situation in other African countries as a consequence of terrorism.
“I always underline the importance of peace, because without it the building of this church would not have been possible” said H. E: Obiang Nguema Mbagogo, in his speech. He was accompanied, among other authorities, by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Malabo and the Nuncio from His Holiness the Pope, accredited in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.
The President, accompanied by the First Lady of the Nation, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, congratulated the population of Rebola for the celebration of their Patron’s Holiday on 27th May, expressing his satisfaction with the large turnout of inhabitants, together with political and ecclesiastic authorities.
“I say to the people of Rebola that, although the Mayor has just declared me a favourite son, in fact I already felt like one. I came here many times to play football matches” recalled H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
“I am not unknown here, however, uncertainty sometimes causes confusion. We must have the conviction that what we are doing is for the good of the entire community of Rebola; and for the good of the Province; and for the development of the people of Equatorial Guinea, and above all, for the Christian population”, continued the Head of State.
“What we are doing is due to the love and respect we have for the people of Rebola” added H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, regarding the building of the church, taking into account that “politics is the maximum expression of love and the maximum expression of respect for human beings”.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea