Sokoto, 19 January, 2021 / 9:36 pm (ACI Africa).
A Nigerian Bishop vocal about good governance in the West African country has been appointed as a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
The news of the appointment of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto was made public in a Monday, January 18 statement by the Director of Communications in the Diocese of Sokoto, Fr. Christopher Omotosho.
In the statement shared with ACI Africa, Fr. Omotosho says the appointment “was contained in a letter to Bishop Kukah dated 11 December 2020, and signed by His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Turkson, the Prefect of the Dicastery.”
“By this appointment, Bishop Kukah will join other members of the Dicastery drawn from different regions of the world to advise and promote the Holy Father’s concerns on issues of justice and peace, human rights, torture, human trafficking, care of creation and other issues related to the promotion of human dignity and development,” says Fr. Omotosho.
He adds that the appointment to the Dicastery is renewable for an initial period of five years.