Pope Francis appoints Bishop Kukah into human right council

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The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has appointed Rev Matthew Kukah as a member of Pontifical Council for human rights, justice and development.

The appointment was signed on behalf of the Pope by His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Turkson, the Prefect of the Council.

Bishop Kukah’s appointment was however confirmed on Tuesday through a statement signed by The Director, Social Communications of Sokoto Diocese, Fr. Chris Omotosho.

According to Omotosho, Kukah’s appointment was a positive development, stating that it would bring about a lot of developments and goodwill to the people of God, especially Catholics in Nigeria.

“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,” he said.

Recall that of recent the Bishop had been a subject of attack by Individuals and Northern, Islamic bodies over his Christmas homily where he accused the Nigerian leader of nepotism and that he had reduced others in public life to second class status.

He was warned to either leave Sokoto or stop criticizing Nigerian government, a warning the presidency frowned at.

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