Most Revd. Matthew Kukah, the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, has been appointed into the Pontifical Council for human rights, justice and development by Pope Francis.
This was disclosed by the Director, Social Communications of Sokoto diocese, Fr. Chris Omotosho in a statement on Tuesday obtained through the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja.
The appointment is for five years which can be renewed.
The statement partly read,
“By this appointment, Bishop Kukah will join other members of the dicastery (Council) 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.
“The appointment, which is renewable is for an initial period of five years. The Council will be formally inaugurated on a later date.”
Matthew Hassan Kukah, born, 31st August 1952 in Anchuna, Nigeria, and is the current bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto.
In December, 2020, Pope Franscis appointed him as a member of the Dicastery on Intergral Human Development.
The Bishop is known for the constant remarks about injustices and fight against human oppression, also criticisms of the regime of the present President of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).