Pope Francis Appoints Kaigama as Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Abuja By Justine Dyikuk

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama as the Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Abuja.
This disclosure was made recently in Abuja by the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, His Grace, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi during the opening ceremony of the first plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).
According to the Nuncio, “I know that it is not easy for him. But I told him like Abraham, go out of your land to the land God will show you and God will bless you and make you the father of many people.”
The Pope’s representative used the opportunity to congratulate and pray for Archbishop Kaigama.
It would be recalled that Kaigama was ordained a Catholic Priest on June 6, 1981 and was appointed Bishop of Jalingo by Pope John Paul II, now Saint Pope John Paul, and later consecrated as bishop on April 23, 1995.
He succeeded the late Archbishop Gabriel Ganaka as Archbishop of Jos in the year 2,000 after his appointment by Pope John Paul II.
Kaigama is taking over from His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, who reached the retirement age of 75 years on January 29, 2019.
Until his appointment, Kaigama was the immediate past President of the CBCN.
While the Adjutor Archbishop of Abuja, he still doubles as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Jos until the Pope appoints a new Archbishop.
The cleric of Jukun origin from Taraba was born on July 31, 1958. He studied for the priesthood at St. Augustine’s Major Seminary in Jos and Rome in that order

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