He has been, since 1990, a member of the National Translations Committee of theBible Society of Nigeria.In public life, while in Ilorin, he was on the Kwara State Council for thePrerogative of Mercy (1986-1991) and the Kwara State Christian Pilgrims Board(1989 – 1991). He was also on some other Kwara State Government AdvisoryBoards, especially in the area of public education.His assignments for the Catholic Church on the International level include thefollowing.
In 1989 he was appointed among the 17 – member Council of the GeneralSecretariat of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, charged with preparing the“African Synod”.
At the 1990 Synod of Bishops in Rome, he was elected one of the threeAfricans on the 15 – member Council of the General Secretariat of the Synodof Bishops, for the ordinary universal Synods.3.In 1991, he was appointed one of three Catholic members on the 30 – member Standing Committee of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Councilof Churches.
MISSION TO THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY
On July 7
1990, His Holiness Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Onaiyekan,Co-adjutor Bishop of Abuja, to work and eventually succeed His Eminence DominicCardinal Ekandem, first Bishop of Abuja. At the same where he had been bishopsince 1983.In March 1992, a new Bishop was appointed for Ilorin. With the ordination andinstalltion of Rt. Rev. Ayo-Maria Atoyebi, O.P., as the new Bishop of Ilorin in May1992, Bishop Oniayekan was finally able to leave Ilorin and take up full residence atAbuja.On the 14
of November 1992, it was announced in Rome that His Holiness,Pope John Paul II had accepted the request of His Eminence Dominic CardinalEkandem to be relieved of the pastoral charge of the Diocese of Abuja, by reason of canonical retirement age completed. With that announcement, Bishop JohnOlorunfemi Onaiyekan became the Bishop of Abuja.On this occasion of his formal installation as the 2
Bishop of Abuja, bishopJohn request all to join him and the Diocese of Abuja in praying to God for continueddivine protection and guidance. The responsibility of being Bishop of the FederalCapital of Nigeria is a heavy one indeed. But we rejoice that the Lord Jesus is in fullcontrol.
THE HISTORY OF ABUJA CATHOLIC DIOCESEA. PREAMBLE:
No other expression could better describe life in the young Catholic Diocese of Abuja than the unspoken theme in shylock’s dramatic postulate:
“GROWTH IN DIFFICULTY”
The past few years have seen the emergence and plausible metamorphosis of Abuja Diocese from obscurity to limelight in spite of some seeming insurmountable