President Muhammadu Buhari has extended heartfelt condolences to the Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah; Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, on the passing of his mother Janet Hauwa Kukah.
The president’s condolence message was conveyed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity; Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday.
Buhari also commiserated with members of the family of Kukah.
The President prayed the Almighty God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest.
Bishop Kukah was born on August 31, 1952 in Anchuna, Ikulu Chiefdom in Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State. He received his primary education at St. Fidelis Primary School, Zagom, then St. Joseph Minor Seminary, Zaria; before proceeding to St. Augustine Major Seminary Jos, Plateau State, where he studied Philosophy and Theology.
He was ordained a Catholic Priest on December 19, 1976. The clergyman also attended the University of Ibadan, where he obtained a diploma in Religious Studies. Kukah also received the Bachelor of Divinity at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome in 1976; followed by a master’s degree in Peace Studies, at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom in 1980.
Between 1999 and 2001; he served as a member of the Nigerian Investigation Commission of Human Rights Violations. In addition to his work as a parish priest of Saint Andrews’s parish in Kakuri; Kaduna from 2004 until his nomination as bishop, he was secretary of the National Political Reform Conference (2005). From 2005 onwards, he has been serving as the chairman of the Ogoni-Shell Reconciliation. Additionally, between 2007 and 2009, he worked in the committee for electoral reform set up by the Nigerian government.
He has remained a very vocal voice in demanding for good governance and better welfare for Nigerians. On many occasions, he has publicly spoken out on a number of burning issues.