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Deborah Yakubu (center) and some of the suspects involved in her death. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“It was Jesus”, WhatsApp Testimony of Nigerian Student that Allegedly Angered Killers

May 17, 2022

A WhatsApp comment in which Deborah Yakubu testified that Jesus Christ had helped her to perform well in her examination is said to have irked her killers who found the mention of Jesus in the group offensive.

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.

Members of the Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Lay Catholic Entity in Nigeria Condemns Murder of Student, Attacks on Diocesan Facilities

May 17, 2022

The leadership of the Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) has condemned the stoning to death of Deborah Yakubu and attacks on Catholic Church facilities in Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese.

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. 

Late Deborah Yakubu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Let’s Work on “how to build a new Nigeria on blood of our martyrs”: Catholic Bishop

May 16, 2022

The stoning and murder of Deborah Yakubu and other people who have been killed in Nigeria because of their faith should provide a foundation upon which a country that embraces religious freedom can be rebuilt anew, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said. 

Holy Family Catholic Cathedral in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria. | catholicdiocese-sokoto.org.

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.

Late Deborah Yakubu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

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”.

Some victims of the Sunday, May 8 massacre in Nigeria's Zamfara State. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Church “providing relief assistance” after Attack on Villages, Killing of Dozens

May 10, 2022

Victims of a recent attack on villages in Nigeria’s Zamfara State that resulted in the death of dozens and displacement of thousands are receiving “relief assistance” from the Church, a Catholic Priest ministering in the Diocese of Sokoto has told ACI Africa.

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 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: 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. 

Alhaji Ahmed Joda, a former Permanent Secretary in Nigeria’s Federal State passed on August 13. Credit: Public Domain

Lawmaker Who Longed for Peace in Nigeria Died an Unhappy Man: Catholic Bishop

Oct 11, 2021

One of the things that Alhaji Ahmed Joda, a Permanent Secretary in Nigeria’s Federal State longed for, in the years that the Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese knew him, was a peaceful Nigeria where people from various religious divides live in harmony especially in the Northern part of the country.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese during the April 13 Mass. Crédit : Catholic Broadcast Commission of Nigeria

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Blames Country’s Cycle of Killings on Inciteful Reporting

Aug 17, 2021

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has blamed the unending killings in various parts of the West African country on inciteful reporting that identifies victims with their religious affiliations.

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

Nigeria’s Problems Result from “no clear understanding of who we are”: Catholic Bishop

Aug 10, 2021

The challenges bedeviling the West African nation of Nigeria originate from a failure on the part of citizens to have a national conversation about their identity as members of one nation, a Catholic Bishop in the country has said.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese. Crédit : Catholic Broadcast Commission of Nigeria

Nigeria “treading on dangerous paths”, Catholic Bishop Says, Bemoans Civic Space Closure

Aug 1, 2021

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has highlighted various challenges bedeviling the country, saying the future of the West African nation is uncertain as it is “treading on dangerous paths.”