The following is a previously unpublished essay from Pope emeritus Benedict XVI: On February 21 to 24, 2019, at the invitation of Pope Francis, the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences gathered at the Vatican to discuss the current crisis of the faith and of the Church; a crisis experienced throughout the world after shocking revelations of clerical abuse perpetrated against minors._
St. John’s Catholic Church, Gidan Kurma is one of the indigenous Hausa parish communities in Sokoto diocese. With the exception of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Funtua and a fraction of St. Vincent Ferrer’s Catholic Church Malunfashi. Malunfashi deanery is composed predominately of Hausa speaking communities. It is one of the homes of the Maguzawas.
The National Peace Committee in collaboration with the Kukah Center organized a town hall meeting with key stakeholders on peaceful re-run of the 2019 Elections for Gubernatorial and state assembly in sokoto state held at the Multipurpose hall of Dankanni Hotel in the state. The meeting was attended by representatives of the two contending political parties, NGOs, Religious leaders, Media Practitioners amongst others.
We have commenced our Lenten season amidst the trials and tribulations that have come to characterise our elections. Elsewhere, elections are a routine processes by which citizens affirm or withdraw the mandates given to those they have elected or offer mandates to new aspirants and seekers who wish to govern them.
Whoever looks at what is happening within the rank of APC both at the national level and state levels especially in Imo, Ekiti and Osun States needs no logical demonstration to conclude that the political crisis is heightening every day. Not only that, PDP has come out in a big way as an opposition party. It is already a clash of the titans.
There is something outstanding about the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria, Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah. His education spans across many disciplines, notable among them leadership and politics in Nigeria. This possibly propels him to continue to work for peace and conflict resolution despite the murky waters of Nigerian politics.