John Cardinal Onaiyekan retires as Archbishop of Abuja

John Cardinal Onaiyekan retires

Pope Francis Saturday finally accepted the retirement of John Cardinal Onaiyekan of Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.

As he is expected to celebrate his last Mass as Archbishop of Abuja Sunday and from Monday, he becomes Emeritus Archbishop of Abuja.

In the same vein, Pope Francis has ratified the appointment of Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama as the new Catholic Archbishop of Abuja.

Kaigma, the Archbishop of Jos Diocese, on March 11 earlier this year was announced by the Pope, represented by Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, in Abuja during the opening ceremony of the first plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) to replace Onaiyekan.

Filipazzi then 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.

The Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese Abuja, Rev. Sebastian Musa, said on Saturday in a letter to the “Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful” of the Archdiocese that the Pope has approved the retirement of Onaiyekan and ratification of Kaigama with immediate effects.