Immediate former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, congratulated the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, Father Mathew Hassan Kukah, on his 70th birthday.

In a statement issued in Abuja and made available to journalists in Bauchi by his media team, Hon. Yakubu Dogara described Bishop Kukah as a “philanthropist, leader and man of courage and a crusader for justice.”

He stated, “On behalf of my humble self and family, I join the worldwide community of friends, colleagues and millions of followers, admirers and supporters to rejoice and celebrate with our leader and father in the faith, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah PhD, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto”.

The former Speaker added: “I celebrate your life of service to God and humanity. I celebrate your numerous humanitarian and philanthropic efforts over the years. I celebrate the courageous leadership you give at the level of the Church, the Body of Christ and the global community at large.”

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He emphasized that “My Lord, Bishop; without a doubt you are one of the best and most erudite scholars with whom our generation has been blessed. Your passion for the gospel of liberation, which you preach without ambiguity, as James H. Cone noted – “is bad news for all oppressors because they have defined their ‘freedom’ in terms of the enslavement of others.”

According to Yakubu Dogara, “You never wavered in your pursuit of a just, free, inclusive, peaceful and egalitarian society as a crusader for justice who never shyed away from speaking the truth in love against power, even if some people makes you uncomfortable. ”

“As you clock 70 glorious years today, I pray that your ink never runs dry. I pray for more divine wisdom. I pray for good health and above all I pray for divine protection for you,” he prayed.

He further prayed, “I pray that the mercies of God will clearly abound in your life, so that you may live until you have exhausted all that God has poured into you for the glory of God and the good of mankind.”

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Yakubu Dogara concluded by saying, “As you grow older, you may also increase in wisdom and favor with God and man. May God always keep you.”

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