The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, North West Nigeria, Most Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah has been induct as Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters for his courageous effort in speaking truth to power in Nigeria.
The investiture was held at a special convocation of the Academy of Letters to induct new persons into the fold. Bishop Kukah was the first and only non-member to be so inducted through a fiat of the Academy’s Board of Governors.
Bishop has been a major voice for the voiceless, speaking against ineptitude, nepotism and religious bigotry in governance in Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Every effort by agents of the government to give a lie to all that the Bishop has been telling the world have failed, given the reality of the issues constantly hammered on by the cleric.
The latest attack on the Bishop by so-called Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu was the feeble criticism that the Bishop criticized his own country to the global audience following Most Reverend Kukah’s address to the U.S. Congress on the impact of insecurity on Christians in Nigeria. The Congress had commissioned a Nigerian muslim to address it on the experience of Nigerian muslims on insecurity. The Presidential spokesman did not say anything on the presentation of the muslim. He focused on Bishop Kukah which confirmed the Bishop’s position on the government’s religious bigotry.
There was nothing Bishop Kukah told the U.S. Congress that has not been voiced out even by Northern Nigerian muslims and elders. The Secretary of the Northern Elders Forum has gone public to demand President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation for the failure of his government to protect Nigerians from the activities of Boko Haram and killer herdsmen.
As a social critic, Bishop Kukah was equally vocal during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, a christian.