Abuja — SENATE President David Mark yesterday led the Federal Government's delegation to the Vatican city for the consecration of Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan as Cardinal of the Catholic Church.
The event takes place today at the Vatican.
According to a text message by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Paul Mumeh, the delegation left the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport yesterday at 12noon.
Also on the trip are Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Mike Oghiadome; Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State; Steve Oronsaye; Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah and Minister of State, FCT, Jumoke Akinjide.
Others are a member House of Representatives; the Executive Secretary, Christian Pilgrims Board, John Kenndy Opara; Villa Chaplain, Onwuzurumba; Mrs Adebiyi (Director of Protocol in the Villa); P/A to Oghiadome and Chief of Staff to Senator Mark, Senator Anthony Manzo.
It will be recalled that the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI last month elevated Archbishop Onaiyekan as a Cardinal of the Catholic Church.