Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama Biography, Age, Early Life, Family, Net Worth And More

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama Biography
Ignatius Kaigama is a Nigerian prelate of the Catholic Church, and the first Archbishop Coadjutor and then Archbishop of Abuja.
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Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama Profile

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Full name: Ignatius Ayau Kaigama
Date of birth: 31st July, 1958
Age: 61 years
Place of birth: Kona, Taraba, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Education: Pontifical Gregorian University
Best known as: Archbishop of Abuja
Church: Roman Catholic Church
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Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama Biography, Date Of Birth, Early Life, Family, Education And Career

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama was born on the 31st of July, 1958 at Kona, Taraba State, Nigeria. He had his secondary school education at St. Augustine's Seminary in Jos before proceeding to Pontifical Gregorian University where he earned a doctorate in theology in 1991.

On the 3rd of February, 1994 Ignatius Kaigama was appointed as bishop of the newly established Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalingo by Pope John Paul II and he was consecrated as bishop on 23 April 1995. Patrick Francis Sheehan OSA, the Bishop of Yola was the principal consecrator, with co-consecrators Athanasius Atule Usuh, Bishop of Makurdi and Gregory Obinna Ochiagha, Bishop of Orlu.
On 18 May 2000, Kaigama was named by Pope John Paul to succeed Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka as Archbishop of Jos.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama served as the President of the Nigerian Bishops Conference from 2012 to 2018 and President of the Episcopal Conference of West African Catholic Bishops.
He is presently the chairman of the Plateau State-convened "Interreligious Committee for Peace" and has together with Emir of Wase, Alhaji Haruna Abdullahi, worked towards promoting mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims.

In January 2010, after the Jos riots, Archbishop Ignatius calmed the situation and clarified the conflict in the international press.

On 25 July 2012, he was named a member of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation by Pope Benedict XVI.

In 2014, during Goodluck Jonathan's regime, the Catholic Bishops Conference in Nigeria supported the legislation in the move to make participation in a same-sex marriage a crime punishable by 14 years imprisonment.
It noted the move as a "courageous act" and a "step in the right direction". Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama argued that the action was "in line with the moral and ethical values of the Nigerian and African cultures", while blessing President Goodluck Jonathan for not bowing to international pressure: "To protect you and your administration against the conspiracy of the developed world to make our country and continent, the dumping ground for the promotion of immoral practices".

Kaigama also condemned foreign aid programs for a disproportionate emphasis on contraception. In 2014, he said: “In the first place, children die in infant mortality, in inter-tribal wars and diseases, but yet you come to say 'decrease your population and we will give you economic help.' We want food, we want education, we want good roads, healthcare. We are being given the wrong things and we are being asked to accept, simply because we are poor.

He became Archbishop Coadjutor of Abuja on the 11th of March, 2019 and later, bishop after Pope Francis accepted the retirement of his predecessor, John Onaiyekan, on 9 November 2019.

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