Sixty Catholic bishops are expected to attend the installation of Monsignor Godfrey Onah as the new bishop of the Nsukka Catholic Diocese in Enugu State, an official has said.
Rev. Fr Chuma Nnamene, the Director of Social Communication in the diocese, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that the bishops would be joined by 4,000 revered fathers and sisters from within and outside the country at the installation.
Onah, who until his appointment was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Pontifical Urban University, Rome, is to take over from Bishop Francis Okobo, whose retirement has been approved by Pope Francis.
“Onah will be installed as the new bishop of Nsukka Catholic Diocese on July 4. We know it is always a unique church ceremony that comes once in a while which many people from different walks of life like to witness.
“The diocese has already started preparations for the installation of the new bishop,’’ Nnamene said.
He said local organising committees for the installation had been inaugurated by the church with Dr Nnia Nwodo, a former information minister, as the overall chairman.
“The committees include media and publicity, security, logistics and entertainment. These committees are to ensure a smooth and well-planned installation,’’ he said.
He urged all prospective guests at the ceremony to cooperate with the various committees by adhering strictly to instructions to enable the committees to achieve their set goals.
“I urge the residents and our visitors to cooperate with the committees by obeying instructions, especially on parking of vehicles and sitting arrangements.
“The plan will take everyone into consideration, so everybody will be recognised and attended to,’’ he said. (NAN