PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama on his appointment as Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
The appointment followed the retirement of John Cardinal Onaiyekan.
A statement issued in Abuja in Sunday by Garba Shehu Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) noted that as the immediate past President of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), former Archbishop of Jos, former President of the Episcopal Conference of West African Catholic Bishops and former Chairman of the Plateau State Interreligious Committee for Peace, the President recognised the roles Archbishop Kaigama had played in promoting peace, interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims in the country.
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It said as His Grace, Archbishop Kaigama begins a new phase of his ministry, the President joined all members of the Catholic Church across Nigeria in praying for a successful and memorable tenure in office that will see the Church accomplish great things for the unity and prosperity of the nation, while complementing government’s efforts at human and material development.
The President also felicitated with Archbishop Emeritus, John Cardinal Onaiyekan on his retirement, commending His Eminence for his dedicated service to the Catholic Church, and invaluable contributions to the spiritual life of Christians under his pastoral care.
Recounting previous audiences with CBCN in the past few years, the President appreciated the many contributions Catholics have made to Nigeria’s development and assure the leadership of the Church of his government’s active support to faith-based organisations as partners in progress.