Pope Francis announces retirement of Archbishop Onaiyekan, appoints Kaigama as replacement

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The Holy Father, Pope Francis, on Saturday officially announced the retirement of His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan as the Archbishop of Abuja Dioceses.

This was made known through a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), by Mr Josef Ishu, department of Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.

According to the letter from Rome, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama as the new Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.

Ishu, however, noted that the date for the installation of the new Archbishop would be communicated in due course.

Kaigama was the Archbishop of Jos from 2000 to 2019, when he became first Archbishop Coadjutor and then Archbishop of Abuja.

Speaking also in a telephone interview with His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, who confirmed his retirement, noted that it was long over due.

Onaiyekan said that it was time for transition and time for a new leader to come and continue where he had stopped.

John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan was born 29 January, 1944; he is a Nigerian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.

He was Archbishop of Abuja from 1994 to 2019 and was made a Cardinal in 2012.

The cleric has served as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and Bishop of Ilorin.


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