Fr. Mathew Kukah, the bishop of the Sokoto diocese, has garnered attention after being caught on camera dancing to the hit song “Buga” by Kizz Daniel.
At a celebration held in his honour, the cleric, who turned 70 on Wednesday, was unable to contain his happiness as he danced with friends and family.
Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, was praised by statesmen, including former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday in Abuja for his efforts to build a better Nigeria.
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The leaders spoke at a dinner to commemorate Kukah’s 70th birthday anniversary.
Goodluck Jonathan characterised Kukah as a priest who yearned for peace and unity in Nigeria and would go to any length to ensure peace and justice in his remarks.
Regardless of how close he was to leaders, he observed that Kukah would “bash” them if he thought they weren’t acting morally.
According to Jonathan, it is not surprising that the theme of the conversation is focusing on what the organizers identified as “Nigeria’s unfinished greatness: Next steps’’.
He said: “Nigeria is indeed a work-in-progress.
“Until that work is done people like Bishop Kukah who God has positioned as the conscience of the nation will continue to be around to constantly hold the mirror of our progression to our national face.
“In the course of the last few years since I left government, I have been involved in the work of promoting democracy, credible elections and peaceful transitions across Africa.
“This is the focus of my Foundation, the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation.’’
Jonathan noted that many people, especially youths were becoming increasingly disillusioned with the nation’s politics and its democracy.
“We must remain on the democratic path, however, because it is the only practical way of effectively managing our diversity, developing sustainably, and recording progress as a nation.
“The task before all of us is not to lower our guard, lest the democracy we cherish today succumbs to threats and recedes into fascism tomorrow.
“Towards this goal, we are again faced with a good opportunity of choosing our leaders as the nation prepares to go to the polls next year.
“Let us choose those that will take us to the desired destination and the promised land,’’ he stressed.
The former president expressed happiness that young Nigerians are actively taking part in politics in 2023.
He pointed out that most of the 96.2 million registered voters, as per the most recent INEC statistics, are young.
“That is a good sign. My charge to all youths that have registered ahead of the 2023 elections is to endeavor to walk their talk by making sure they come out to vote on Election Day.