25 November 2012

Nigeria: Onaiyekan Consecrated Cardinal

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St Peter Square in Vatican City.

Archbishop John Onaiyekan was consecrated cardinal yesterday. The ceremony was performed by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

Senate President David Mark led federal government's delegation to the ceremony.

A statement issued by the Senior Adviser to the President on Media, Dr Reuben Abati, said other delegates include: the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe and the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah.

Others are the Minister of State for FCT, Mrs Olajumoke Akinjide and the Chaplain of the Presidential Villa Chapel, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba.

Onaiyekan's elevation to the College of Cardinals was announced by the Vatican on October 24.

According to the statement, Jonathan has also asked members of the delegation to stop over in Hanover, Germany on their way back to visit Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba, who is being treated there following injuries he sustained in a recent plane crash.

The delegation which left Abuja on Friday is due back today.


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