President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the appointment of Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama as the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
DAILY POST reported yesterday that Pope Francis appointment Kaigama following the retirement of John Cardinal Onaiyekan.
Buhari’s response was contained in a press release signed by Femi Adesina, his Particular Adviser on Media and Publicity and made accessible to DAILY POST on Sunday.
It added, “Because the instant previous President of Catholic Bishops Convention of Nigeria (CBCN), former Archbishop of Jos, former President of the Episcopal Convention of West African Catholic Bishops and former Chairman of the Plateau State Interreligious Committee for Peace, the President recognises the roles Archbishop Kaigama had performed in selling peace, interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims in the nation.
“As His Grace, Archbishop Kaigama begins a brand new section of his ministry, the President joins all members of the Catholic Church throughout Nigeria in praying for a profitable and memorable tenure in workplace that can see the Church accomplish nice issues for the unity and prosperity of the nation, whereas complementing authorities’s efforts at human and materials improvement.
“The President additionally felicitates with Archbishop Emeritus, John Cardinal Onaiyekan on his retirement, commending His Eminence for his devoted service to the Catholic Church, and invaluable contributions to the religious lifetime of Christians underneath his pastoral care.
“Recounting previous audiences with CBCN in the past few years, the President appreciates the many contributions Catholics have made to Nigeria’s development and assures the leadership of the Church of his government’s active support to faith-based organisations as partners in progress.”