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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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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

Nigeria’s Government “either helpless or uninterested” in Addressing Insecurity: Bishop

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has told the U.S. Congress that the failure of the Federal Government of Nigeria to address insecurity in the West African nation is either due to helplessness of disinterestedness.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop Admitted into Honorary Fellowship of Nigerian Academy of Letters

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria has been admitted into the Honorary Fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL), the “autonomous, scholarly and non-political” academy that advances scholarship and public interest in the humanities at the highest level in the West African nation.

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

“Church must remain moral light, guide” amid Fractured African Politics: Nigerian Bishop

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria has, at a webinar, emphasized the need for Church leaders in Africa, to be the “the moral compass”, guiding politicians on morality amid fractured politics. 

A poster announcing the Thursday, July 2 webinar organized by Kukah Center (TKC)/ Credit: The Kukah Center (TKC)/Facebook

Clergy in Nigeria Capable of “coming up with intelligence systems”: Retired Army Officer

Members of the Clergy in Nigeria are capable of taking part in the addressing the challenge of insecurity in the West African nation by initiating “intelligence systems” and participating in “security awareness”, a retired army office has said.

Fr. Joe Keke who was released June 3 after spending two weeks in captivity. Credit: Fr. Chris Omotosho

Nigerian Catholic Priest Regains Freedom Days after His Colleague is Laid to Rest

The Nigerian Catholic Priest who was kidnapped alongside slain Fr. Alphonsus Bello when St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Parish of Sokoto Diocese was attacked on May 20 has been released.

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

At Vigil Mass for Recently Murdered Nigerian Priest, Bishop Faults Government for Laxity

At the celebration of Vigil Mass ahead of the burial of Fr. Alphonsus Bello who was murdered following the May 20 attack on St. Vincent Ferrer Malunfashi Parish of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has faulted the Nigerian government for laxity in ensuring security for citizens. 

Fr. Joe Keke. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop Working Toward Safe Release of Elderly Nigerian Priest Abducted Last Week

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese is spearheading negotiations to secure the safe release of the elderly Nigerian Priest kidnapped last week when gunmen attacked St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi in Katsina State within his episcopal see.

Late Fr. Alphonsus Bello (right) whose lifeless body was found in a farmland near the St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi, Katsina State within Nigeria's Diocese of Sokoto. The whereabouts of Fr. Joe Keke (left) is still unknown after gunmen attacked their parish on 20 May 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Catholic Priest Found Murdered Hours after Parish Attack, Another Missing

Hours after gunmen attacked a Catholic Parish in Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese, kidnapping two Priests, one of them has been found murdered, Clerics in the Diocese have confirmed.

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

Amid Insecurity, Government Needs to “cultivate a sense of empathy”: Nigerian Prelate

The Nigerian government needs to go beyond statements and “cultivate a sense of empathy” towards citizens who are victims of insecurity, a Catholic Bishop in the West African said at a recent virtual conference.

Logo of  the Kukah Centre (TKC) in Nigeria. the leadership of TKC has highlighted the plight of women caught up in the conflict in the Southern Kaduna. Credit: The Kukah Centre (TKC)/ Facebook

Nigeria-based Catholic Entity Highlights Plight of Women in Conflict-Ridden Kaduna Region

The leadership of a Catholic-based policy research institute in Nigeria has, in an interview, highlighted the plight of women who are victims of the violent conflict bedeviling the Southern part of the territory of the Archdiocese of Kaduna.

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

“The suffering Boko Haram has inflicted will scar our society for life”: Nigerian Bishop

The negative effects of the actions by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria will always be felt by the people of God in the West African nation, a Catholic Bishop has said.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese / Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Bishop Faults Country’s Leadership for Lack of National Vision, Direction

A Bishop in Nigeria has, at a webinar, faulted the leadership of the West African country for failing to provide direction and a national “vision about where we are going.”

Late Michael Nnadi / Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria

Since Murder of Seminarian Michael, “Harvest of death has gotten richer”: Nigerian Prelate

On the first burial anniversary of Seminarian Michael Nnadi, the Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has regretted the lack of progress in preventing abductions and murders.

A poster announcing the webinar / Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)

Go Beyond “endless episcopal statements” in Fight for Justice, Peace in Africa: Bishop

Catholic leaders in Africa need to go beyond the issuance of multiple statements in their fight for justice, peace, and reconciliation, a Nigerian Bishop has said in a virtual conference.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah with Pope Francis in Rome. / Public Domain

Nigerian Bishop Known for Good Governance Advocacy Appointed to a Vatican Dicastery

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.