Catholic Archbishop Of Abuja, John Onaiyekan Bows Out, Hands Over To Kaigama.

John Onaiyekan & Kaigama.

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan on Tuesday formally bowed out office and has handed over to his successor, Ignatius Kaigama.


At a press conference in Abuja to announce his disengagement from service, Bishop Onaiyekan, said that Kaigama would formally be inaugurated on Thursday in Abuja and according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Pope recently accepted the retirement of Cardinal Onaiyekan, who clocked the retirement age of 75 on January 29, 2019.

NAN also reports that Archbishop Kaigama was announced by the Pope, through Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Filipazzi, as Onaiyekan’s successor, on March 11, an announcement which coincided with the opening ceremony of the first plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).

Filipazzi had named Kaigama as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Abuja and administrator of Jos archdiocese, where he served as its chief Shepherd in the last 19 years.

Speaking during the conference, Archbishop Onaiyekan assured Nigerians that he wouldn’t retire from speaking against all forms of oppression in the country until social justice was achieved for all citizens.

Onaiyekan, who formally retired from his role as the episcopal leader of the Catholic Church in FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa, and Benue States, after 25 years, urged political leaders to prioritise social justice, saying that the government must achieve equity if the nation must make progress as I am confident in the abilities of my successor to lead the Archdiocese to the next level of development.