Matthew Hassan Kukah, born August 31, 1952 , better known as Bishop Kukah, is a Nigerian clergyman and the current bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto.
Bishop Kukah was born on efdom in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State where he hails from and attended St. Augustine Major Seminary Jos, Plateau State, where he studied Philosophy and Theology.
Pope Francis appointed him as a member of the Dicastery on Integral Human Development in December 2020.
Early Life and Education
Bishop Kukah was born on efdom in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State. He had his primary education at St. Fidelis Primary School, Zagom, then St. Joseph Minor Seminary, Zaria.
After his secondary education, he proceeded to St. Augustine Major Seminary, Jos, Plateau State, where he studied philosophy and theology.
He grew up with his family; his parents and siblings in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State where he began his missionary journey.
Bishop Kukah attended the University of Ibadan, where he obtained a diploma in Religious Studies. He also received the Bachelor of Divinity at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome in 1976, followed by a master’s degree in Peace Studies, at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom in 1980.
Kukah also obtained a PhD from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 1990. He studied at the University of Oxford, in Oxford, in Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom, and also at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Greater Boston, in the United States.
Bishop Kukah was ordained a Catholic Priest on December 19, 1976. He served as a member of the Nigerian Investigation Commission of Human Rights Violations between 1999 and 2001.
He worked as a parish priest of Saint Andrews’s parish in Kakuri, Kaduna from 2004 until his nomination as bishop. He served as the secretary of the National Political Reform Conference (2005) and from 2005 onwards he has been serving as the chairman of the Ogoni-Shell Reconciliation.
Between 2007 and 2009, Bishop also worked on the committee for electoral reform set up by the Nigerian government.
Bishop Kukah Net Worth
Bishop Kukah is a Nigerian clergyman and the current bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto. His net worth is an estimated $500,000 – $1million.
Bishop Kukah’s mother Mama Janet Hauwa Kukah passed away according to report by This Day News. She was buried in Anchuna, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area, with many dignitaries at attendance and others sending their condolences.
No information is revealed about the marital life of the Nigerian bishop. It is not clear if he is married or not.