Pope Benedict XVI, today, elevated Bishop Alfred Adewale Martins (formerly of Abeokuta Diocese) to the Metropolitan See of Lagos. Bishop Martins replaces the revered Anthony Cardinal Okogie as Archbishop of Lagos.
A release by the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria reads thus:
Bishop Alfred Adewale MARTINS Appointed Archbishop of Lagos
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has today, Friday 25th May, 2012, appointed as Archbishop of Lagos, His Lordship, Most Rev Alfred Adewale MARTINS. He replaces His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Okogie who retired having attained the canonical age of 75. Until his appointment, Bishop Alfred Martins was the Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese.
At the same time the Pope appointed His Eminence Anthony Cardinal Okogie as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Lagos until the installation of the newly appointed Archbishop.
Born: 1 Jun 1959
Ordained Priest: 18 Sep 1983
Appointed Bishop of Abeokuta: 24 Oct 1997
Ordained Bishop of Abeokuta, Nigeria: 24 Jan 1998
The date for the installation of the Archbishop-elect is yet to be announced.
Cardinal Okogie’s resignation from the pastoral governance of the See of Lagos – having reached the age limit of 75 years – was accepted by Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI on on 25 May 2012. This was confirmed from Vatican website:
On 25 May the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Lagos in Nigeria presented by Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law, and appointed Bishop Alfred Adewale Martins as Archbishop of Lagos, transferring him from the Diocese of Abeokuta.