The Head of Vatican City, Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Fr. Matthew Kukah, into the Pontifical Council for human rights, justice and development.
His membership into the council also referred to as the Dicastery for the Promotion of Human Integral Development, was confirmed in a letter dated 11th December, 2020, and signed by His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Turkson, the Prefect of the Dicastery.
A statement signed by The Director, Social Communications of Sokoto Diocese, Fr. Chris Omotosho, announced the appointment on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
Kukah’s appointment was described in the statement as a positive development, noting that it would bring about a lot of developments and goodwill to the people of God, especially to the Nigerian Catholics.
“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 statement read in part.
It added that the appointment which is renewable is for an initial five-year period.
The Council is expected to be formally inaugurated on a later date.