Lagos - The newly appointed Metropolitan Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Bishop Alfred Adewale Martins, will be officially enthroned as the Archbishop on Saturday.
According to a statement issued by the Director of Social Communications, Gabriel Osu, on Wednesday in Lagos, government functionaries and religious leaders are expected to attend the enthronement, taking place at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos at 10 a.m.
Martins, the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta, was appointed on May 23 to take over from Anthony Cardinal Okogie who had clocked the mandatory retirement age of 75 years.
``With his elevation as Archbishop of Lagos, Martins,56, joined the league of great men who have been privileged to serve as the Chief Shepherd of the Archdiocese which was created in 1950.
``The first Archbishop was Leo Hale Taylor, 1950 to 1965; John Kwao Aggey, 1965 to1972 and Anthony Cardinal Okogie, 1973 to June, 2012,’’ according to the statement.
Martins, a native of Abeokuta, was ordained a Catholic Priest on Sept. 18, 1983 and consecrated Bishop of Abeokuta on Jan. 24, 1998.
He served briefly as the Assistant Administrator, Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos from October 1983 to August 1984, and was a teacher at St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, from 1984 to1986.
He was the priest in charge of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Maroko from 1984 to 1986, Graduate Assistant at St. Peter and Paul Seminary, Ibadan 1986 to 1988 and lecturer at the seminary from 1988 to 1996.