Buhari, Tinubu salute Kukah at 70

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu have felicitated the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, as he clocks 70 today.

In a statement, yesterday, by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, the President appreciated the contributions of the priest, teacher, scholar and writer to the national discourse, while asking God to grant the celebrant longer life, good health and strength.

Tinubu, in a letter he personally signed and addressed to the prominent cleric, acknowledged his input to national development and progress in the over four decades of pastoral work.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate noted Bishop Kukah’s sense of devotion, duty and compassion as a voice of conscience in Nigeria, adding that the nation owes him a debt of gratitude for his many years of service.

The correspondence reads in part: “My Lord Bishop, your life has been one of devotion and duty to God and humanity. As such, your life speaks of humility and compassion.

“The influence and respect that is yours go beyond the Catholic Church and even your position as the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese. You are a voice of conscience in and for all Nigerians.”

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