ENCOMIUMS FOR NEW CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF ABUJA
The recently installed Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has received encomiums from dignitaries from different parts of the country and outside. Leading the cream of temporal and spiritual leaders to appreciate the new Archbishop was President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented at the installation ceremony in Abuja, by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
In his message, President Muhammadu Buhari described the new head of the Catholic Church in Abuja, as a peaceful and humble man. While congratulating the Archbishop for his elevation, President Buhari prayed that God will give him wisdom, sound knowledge and understanding to provide spiritual leadership for everyone.
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, in his commendation said that Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama will be greatly missed in the state, especially for his peace building initiatives. The Governor noted that Archbishop Kaigama was one of the guides who helped him to lay a solid foundation for peaceful coextensive in Plateau state.
There were also good will messages from the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who is Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum and Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku who expressed confidence in the capacity of the Archbishop to add value to the Metropolitan Archdiocese.
The President of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and Cardinal Archbishop of Oagadougou Phillipe Ouedraogo, who was represented by Archbishop John Kwofie of Accra, Ghana described the appointment of Kaigama as well deserved. He praised Archbishop Kaigama for establishing the Dialogue Peace and Reconciliation Center in Jos and Vocational and Youth Training Centre in Bokkos.
In his inaugural address, Arch Bishop Kaigama said it is a tough assignment considering the enormity of the challenges but that his confidence is in the power of the Almighty God. He declared: “Life is said to be a series of beginnings. This is another new beginning for me. God knows better why he asked the Pope to look in my direction.” He continued: “My predicament is that I have always been given heavy assignment, namely, to succeed people who are many times more experienced and more gifted than I am. My earnest prayer is that the Lord will take control and guide the course of events in Abuja.
Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama is the third Catholic Archbishop of the Abuja Metropolitan Archdiocese. He succeeds John Cardinal Onaiyekan who retired this year after reaching the statutory year as stipulated by the Vatican.