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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, has lauded the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Father Mathew Kukah, on the occasion of his 70th birthday on August 31.
Atiku, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate disclosed this in a statement issued by spokesman, Paul Ibe.
He described Bishop Kukah as a remarkable public intellectual, stressing that his contributions to the country’s democracy were immeasurable.
He said, “Bishop Kukah is widely misunderstood because he speaks truth to power; a task that often attracts adversaries in our kind of society.”
According to Atiku, religious leaders are the moral compass and conscience of the people.
“They have the obligation to tell leaders the truth when they are going wrong.”
The PDP flagbearer said Kukah remains a great asset to Nigeria and humanity because of his tireless commitment to peace and unity.
“Not once did I ever hear Kukah preach hate or bigotry in his sermons.
“All his sermons are focused on issues that can make Nigeria better”, Atiku added.