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National Peace Committee Officials in Nigeria Concerned about Violent Election Campaigns

Nov 20, 2022

Members of the  National Peace Committee (NPC) in Nigeria who include representatives of the Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have raised concern over violent election campaigns ahead of the country’s February 2023 polls.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese is awarded a certificate following his participation at the G20 Religion Forum in Bali, Indonesia. Credit: Kukah Foundation

Bishop in Nigeria Advocates for “culture of a strong legal basis” to Address Extremism

Nov 4, 2022

There is need for governments, including those in Africa, to have in place a “culture of a strong legal basis” to address the challenge of religious extremism, a Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has said.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah oversees the signing of the peace accord by candidates at the Abuja International Conference Center. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Catholic Bishop Cautions Politicians against Exploiting People’s “weaknesses”

Oct 1, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria has cautioned politicians against luring the electorate ahead of the country’s February 2023 general elections, saying political candidates “must not exploit weaknesses of our people”.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Kukah Foundation

In Nigeria, “there is no problem between Christians and Muslims”, Catholic Bishop Says

Sep 5, 2022

There is no problem between members of the two major religious groups in Nigeria, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in the West African nation has said in reference to Christians and Muslims.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Africa Needs to Unite in Proposing “integral human development policies”: Catholic Bishop

May 17, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has urged finance ministers in African countries to unanimously propose policies that seek to promote the development of African people for the common good of the continent.

A Catholic Priest walks in front of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu State, Nigeria. Credit: ACN

Religious Extremism, Violence in Nigeria at “absolutely appalling” Level: Catholic Charity

May 17, 2022

Religious extremism and violence are at “absolutely appalling” levels in the West African country of Nigeria, the leadership of the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has said. 

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Nigerian Catholic Cathedral Attacked amid Muslim Youth Protests, 24-Hour Curfew Declared

May 15, 2022

A 24-hour curfew has been declared in Nigeria’s Sokoto State amid Muslim youth protests characterized with destruction of property, including the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral of Sokoto Diocese.

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Stoning, Murder of Nigerian Christian Student “criminal, law must take its cause”: Bishop

May 13, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria has condemned the killing of a Christian student at her college, noting that the murder is “a criminal act and the law must take its cause”.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Sokoto Diocese

Nigerian Bishop’s "controversial" Easter Message Was Prophetic, Catholic Priest Says

Apr 22, 2022

A U.S-based Catholic Priest has come to the defense of a Nigerian Bishop whose Easter 2022 Message has triggered controversy, with a State official accusing the Catholic Church leader of being extremely critical of the government and getting too involved in politics.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Says He Speaks “to invoke conversation”, Not to Attract Support

Apr 20, 2022

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese known for speaking boldly against failures in good governance has said that he does not speak to gain followers but “to invoke conversation”.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Sokoto Diocese

Bishop in Nigeria Says “religious undertones” among Causes of Violence, Urges Dialogue

Apr 20, 2022

The Bishop of Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has, in his Easter 2022 Message, highlighted “religious undertones” as being among issues that have contributed to the current instability in the West African nation. 

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese/ Credit: Sokoto Diocese/Facebook

Be There for Your children, Don’t Leave Them to “cultists”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria

Mar 31, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has urged parents in the West African country to be always available for their children to protect them from cultists and other social vices that might destroy their future.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Stop misleading politicians by endorsements”, Nigerian Bishop Urges Religious Leaders

Feb 27, 2022

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has urged religious leaders in the West African country to refrain from endorsing politicians and termed such moves as “misleading”.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto addresses a dinner of ADF International, "The Crisis of Religious Freedom in Nigeria," at the 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C. International Religious Freedom Summit 2021

Nigerian Catholic Bishop Says He is "fine", amid Reports He Was Summoned by State Police

Jan 11, 2022

Following Nigerian media reports over the weekend that a Catholic bishop had been summoned for questioning by a state security agency, the bishop in question says he is "fine" and that "the matter [has] actually passed."

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah. Aid to the Church in Need/James Nicholls.

Nigerian Bishop Who Criticized Government over Christian Persecution Summoned: Report

Jan 9, 2022

A prominent Nigerian bishop has reportedly been ordered in for questioning by a state security agency, after the prelate criticized Nigeria’s government for complicity in the face of kidnappings and other persecution of the country’s Christians. 

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Catholic Bishop Faults Government for Years of “silence” amid Loss of Human Life

Dec 28, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese in Nigeria has faulted the Federal Government of the West African nation for year of silence amid kidnappings and loss of human life.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese/ Credit: Sokoto Diocese/Facebook

Nigerian Bishop Defends His Prophetic Stance, Says Silence amid “injustice is corruption”

Dec 21, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese in Nigeria has defended his prophetic stance saying he will continue to speak out against injustices and bad governance in the West African nation because “silence in the face of injustice is corruption”.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese/ Credit: Sokoto Diocese/Facebook

Success of Anambra State Gubernatorial Polls Dependents on Absence of Fatalities: Bishop

Nov 4, 2021

The success of the planned gubernatorial elections in Nigeria’s Anambra State will be determined by the lack of casualties and violence during the exercise, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Electronic Transmission of Poll Results “turning point” for Nigeria: Catholic Bishop

Oct 26, 2021

The adoption of the electoral law that will allow the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to transmit poll results electronically is a turning point for Nigeria’s democracy, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said.  

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Take Task of Uniting, Healing Nation “seriously”: Catholic Bishop to Christians in Nigeria

Oct 18, 2021

Christians in Nigeria have a duty to take “seriously” the task of bringing unity and healing to their country, which “is fracturing and breaking apart by the day”, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese has said.