The Guardian (Nigeria)

Academy of Letters appoints Kukah honorary fellow

- By Jesutomi Akomolafe

THE Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend ( Dr.) Matthew Hassan Kukah, has been admitted into the Nigerian Academy of Letters ( NAL) as an Honorary Fellow.

In a letter conveying the award, the academy’s president, Prof. Francis Egbokhare, said the choice was informed by the cleric’s “sterling exemplary character, stakeholdi­ng of inter- faith dialogues, unceasing obligation to soul- healing, advancemen­t of knowledge and education, outstandin­g leadership instinct, crusade for good governance, as well as your ( his) laudable outstandin­g commitment to national developmen­t ( national patriotism).”

The body also cited Kukah’s “impressive stance as a humanist devoted to the crusade for human freedom, social justice and equity, attributes that run in tandem with the commitment of our Academy to deploy the humanities for social and national reconstruc­tion, have informed your welldeserv­ed appointmen­t as an Honorary Fellow of NAL.”

The bishop’s investitur­e would take place alongside those on regular admission at the academy’s convocatio­n holding next month at the J. F. Ade- Ajayi Auditorium of the University of Lagos.

Establishe­d in 1974 after a recommenda­tion for the creation of national academies by the late Chief Jerome Udoji committee report, NAL comprises four categories of fellows: foundation fellows, regular fellows, usually resident in the country, overseas fellows who stay abroad, and honorary fellows.

Prospectiv­e fellows are nominated by living members of the academy and confirmed by the institutio­n’s executive committee before their induction.

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