Pope Francis on Saturday officially announced the retirement of the Archbishop of Abuja Dioceses, Cardinal John Onaiyeka.
This was made known through a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, by Josef Ishu, department of Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.
According to the letter from Rome, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama as the new Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja.
Mr Ishu, however, noted that the date for the installation of the new Archbishop would be communicated in due time.
Mr Kaigama was the Archbishop of Jos from 2000 to 2019, when he became first Archbishop Coadjutor and then Archbishop of Abuja.
Speaking also in a telephone interview with Mr Onaiyekan, who confirmed his retirement, noted that it was long over due.
Mr Onaiyekan said that it was time for transition and time for a new leader to come and continue where he had stopped.
Mr Onaiyekan was born 29 January, 1944. He has been the Nigerian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.
He became the Archbishop of Abuja from 1994, even though he had not become a Cardinal at the timr. He became a Cardinal in 2012.