Broken Truths: Nigeria's Elusive Quest for National Cohesion
By Matthew Hassan Kukah
In this collection of convocation lectures delivered over a number of years at several Universities across Nigeria, Matthew Hassan Kukah, outspoken Bishop of Sokoto, reflects on the myriad of challenges bedeviling the Nigerian nation. Topics covered include, “Nigeria and the future of Africa”; “After the insurgency: some thoughts on national cohesion”; “To heal a fractured nation: education and leadership for a new Nigeria”; “Transition to democracy: can Nigeria ride the wave”; “The pursuit of happiness: some thoughts on human rights, freedom and justice in Nigeria” and “Broken truths: Nigeria’s elusive quest for national cohesion.”
The book is vintage Kukah: gusto, courage and enthralling clarity.
Bishop Kukah holds a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, a Master’s degree in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, (the United Kingdom) and a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. He also attended Harvard University (USA) and was equally a Senior Rhodes scholar at the Oxford University, (United Kingdom).
Besides his priestly vocation, Bishop Kukah has served Nigeria in various capacities including as a member of the Nigerian Investigation Commission of Human Rights Violations (1999 -2001); Secretary of the National Political Reform Conference (2005), chairman of the Ogoni-Shell Reconciliation (since 2005) and Convener of the National Peace Committee.