On Tuesday March 31, 2020, Most Rev Matthew Ishaya Audu, was installed as the new Archbishop of Jos Catholic Archdiocese. With that, it brought on board a new chief shepherd and thus a new phase in the history of Jos Archdiocese.
At the brief ceremony, the Governor of Plateau State, Barrister Dr. Simon Lalong, was represented by the Secretary to the State Government and the Chief of Staff, Government House. Also present were the CAN Chairman, Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang and the Muslim faithful, whom the Galadima of Wase, Alhaji Umar Mustapha represented the Emir of Wase, Alhaji Muhammed Sambo, who is also the Plateau State Chairman of Jama’atu Nasril Islam and Vice President General, Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, The Plateau State Traditional Council is ably represented by the Long Goemai of Shendam.
The canonical installation of the Archbishop was done and the outgoing Archbishop, Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama
handed over the mantle of leadership to the new Archbishop.
It should be reported that, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus which restricted the number of participants to fifty as permitted by the Government of Plateau State, many Cardinals, the Archbishops, the Bishops, the priests, the Religious men and women and lay individuals and groups who had expressed the desire to be there to participate in the ceremony could not make it.
In his remarks, the outgone Archbishop, Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama prayed that the “new phase under the leadership of Archbishop Matthew Ishaya Audu be characterized by greater development, peace, understanding and unity in the Archdiocese and indeed in the entire Ecclesiastical Province of Jos.”