AFRICA/NIGERIA - Elevation of the Apostolic Vicariate of Kontagora to Diocese and appointment of the first Bishop

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father Francis elevated the Apostolic Vicariate of Kontangora (Nigeria) to Diocese, with the same denomination and territorial configuration, making it suffragan of the Metropolitan See of Kaduna. The Pope has appointed His Exc. Mgr. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, currently Apostolic Vicar of the same see, as first Bishop of the Diocese of Kontagora.
The Diocese of Kontagora with an area of 46,000 sq km is located in north-central Nigeria and includes the States of Niger and Kebbi. The Apostolic Vicariate was led by the Fathers of the Society of African Missions (S.M.A.). The seat of the new Diocese is the same, as well as the Cathedral ("St. Michael"), the residence of the Bishop and chancellery. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 2/4/2020)