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Papal Nuncio installs Bishop of Lafia Diocese

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Antonio Fillipazzi (left) and Revd David Ajang

Newly elected Bishop of Lafia Diocese, Most Revd David Ajang, has been officially installed by Papal Nuncio, Most Revd Antonio Fillipazzi, who performed the ordination in line with the tradition and protocols of the Catholic Church.

Papal Nuncio, who represented Pope Francis, performed the ordination in Lafia, Nasarawa State, on Thursday, which was witnessed by Governor Simon Bako Lalong and his Nasarawa State counterpart, Abdullahi Sule. Bishops, Priests, Religious and Lay People were among thousands of guests that joined the Catholic faithful to witness the ordination of Most Revd David Ajang as Bishop of Lafia Diocese.

Speaking during the installation, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, charged the new Bishop “never to cease in praying for the country,” and urged him to continue to uphold Plateau and Nasarawa States as well as the entire nation in prayers for peace, security and prosperity of the land.

According to Lalong, Most Revd David Ajang has contributed a lot to the restoration of substantial peace and security in Plateau State by prayers and godly counsel, and urged him not to relent to offer same to his brother, the Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule who, by the way, is another “Jos boy” on loan to Nasarawa.

“Having worked closely with him as the Chaplain of the Government House Chapel in Jos for the past six years, I can testify about his deep passion for the salvation of the souls of men,” Lalong said.

“Indeed, he has endeared himself to our hearts through his kindness, love for God and humanity. Bishop David Ajang is a man, who undertakes his spiritual calling with utmost humility and the fear of God,” the governor noted.

On his part, Governor Abdullahi Sule congratulated the new Bishop and assured him of the support and collaboration of the Government and people of Nasarawa State whom he said are looking forward to a wonderful experience during his tenure.

Governor Sule said, the State will benefit from his experience and knowledge, having left a good legacy in Plateau State where he held several positions in the Church, including as Chaplain, Government House Chapel Jos, before his appointment as Bishop.

He also called on religious leaders to pray for the nation and give good counsel to help those in position of leadership to serve the country dispassionately.

The Arch Bishop of Jos, Matthew Ishaya Audu, who is the immediate past Bishop of Lafia, addressed the congregation for the ‘last time’ and appreciated them for their support and players during his term as Bishop of Lafiya Diocese, and urged them to extend same to the new Bishop.

Governor Simon Lalong, who was accompanied by his wife, Regina Lalong, and a high powered delegation from Plateau State, comprising of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abok Nuhu Ayuba, some members of the State Executive Council, Traditional Rulers led by the Gbom Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, and prominent elders said Plateau State was highly delighted by the appointment of Most Revd David Ajang as a Bishop.

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