By Ismail Auwal
Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Revd. Matthew Kukah, into the Pontifical Council for Human Rights, Justice and Development.
The Director Social Communication of Sokoto Diocese, Father Francis Omotosho, in a statement confirmed the appointment.
The appointment was signed by His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Turkson.
According to Omotosho’s statement, Kukah’s appointment would bring about developments to the people of God, especially to the Catholics in Nigeria. He added that the appointment is for a period of five years.
“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.
The Council is expected to be formally inaugurated on a later date.