President Bola Tinubu has congratulated Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Tinubu sent his congratulatory message in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.
He commended Cardinal Onaiyekan for his life of Christian service, through which he has not just preached salvation, but has also taken up the fight for the downtrodden and speaking truth to power.
The statement read, “President Bola Tinubu sends hearty felicitations to His Eminence, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, as he marks his 80th birthday today, January 29.
“Cardinal Onaiyekan was the Archbishop of Abuja from 1994 to 2019 and also served as president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, and Bishop of Ilorin.
“President Tinubu celebrates the exceptional religious leader who has used his calling not only to preach the good gospel of Jesus Christ, but also followed his example by fighting for the downtrodden and speaking out against the ills in society, yet remains unbending in the pursuit of peace and unity in Nigeria.
“The President thanks His Eminence for his sacrifices and efforts in peace-building in Nigeria over the years, assuring him that his hope and prayers for a glorious and united Nigeria will be made manifest.
“President Tinubu wishes His Eminence more prosperous years in the Lord’s Vineyard.”