Who We Are


The Kukah Centre (TKC) is a Nigeria-based policy research institute, founded by Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto. The Centre has offices in Abuja and Kaduna and treats political leadership as a collaborative exercise that requires multiple governance structures at various levels – individuals, households, small businesses, the organized private sector, NGOs and government.

Interfaith dialogue is at the core of the Centre’s work and involves actively promoting conversations among Nigeria’s faith communities, as well as between leaders in faith and public policy. The Kukah Centre aspires to become Nigeria’s leading institution for the promotion of an active and engaged citizenry by providing support for inclusive dialogue and advocacy initiatives.

Some of our Projects

Both Sides: Fixing Nigeria, The Nuts and Bolts

Former governors, Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State and  Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, participated in a political debate, ‘Both sides,’ where they discussed the subject – ‘Fixing Nigeria: The Nuts and Bolts’ – as well as shared their experiences on  governance. The event which was moderated by Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, held at the Aso Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja.


A one day conference on women’s rights and the socio-cultural realities in Northern Nigeria which highighted the legal framework for women’s rights and wind up with some suggested actions to improve the situation. It held at the Catholic Social Centre, Independence Way, Kaduna.


As part of its work in fostering public policy discourse, the Centre organized a Roundtable on Nigeria’s Rebased Gross Domestic Product (GDP)’ which formally placed the country at the top of Africa’s economies. The forum with the theme: ‘A Reflection on Nigeria’s GDP Rebasing: Issues, facts and Fiction’ featured Finance Minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Statistician-General of the federation/CEO National Bureau for Statistics (NBS), Dr. Yemi Kale, eminent economists, labour leaders and civil society activists.

The forum vigorously debated how the figures were arrived at and its implications for Nigerians, particularly the poor.


Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

The requirements for our evolution have changed. Survival is no longer sufficient. Our evolution now requires us to develop spiritually – to become emotionally aware and make responsible choices. It requires us to align ourselves with the values of the soul – harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for life. 

All the intellectuals in government must rise up and make a difference and decide whether they are intellectuals who are in politics or they are politicians who just happen to be intellectuals.”

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

Especially for those of us who lived in single cells, you had the time to sit down and think, and we discovered that sitting down just to think is one of the best ways of keeping yourself fresh and able, to be able to address the problems facing you, and you had the opportunity, also, of examining your past.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

We are mostly concerned about “Codes of Wisdom for Highly successful Nations” but often forget about the work involved.