Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, is one of Nigeria’s foremost public intellectuals, Bishop Kukah has delivered numerous public lectures across Nigeria and world wide, written several books and hundreds of articles on various aspects of Governance, Faith, Human Rights and Public policy in Nigeria.

His contributions have added moral input, shaped public policy and service. He served as Secretary General of the Bishops’ Conference and in several federal government panels. He single handedly negotiated an end to the long drawn out conflict between Shell Petroleum Development Corporation and the people of Ogoniland.

Bishop Kukah’s humble background, his wide pastoral experience and networks across the country, have motivated his work in promoting stronger Nigeria national unity through Interfaith Dialogue and promotion of Economic and Social justice for all citizens. As a result of his wide range of experience and exposure, he has often been referred to as a rabble rouser for peace and nation building in Nigeria.

He is the Secretary of the National Peace Committee and Founder of the Kukah Centre.

Fr. Atta Barkindo

Fr. Atta Barkindo, Ph.D. is the Director of The Kukah Centre: Faith, Leadership and Public Policy Research, Abuja-Nigeria. He is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Yola, Northeast Nigeria. He was educated in Egypt and Italy on Arabic, Political Islam and Inter-Faith Dialogue. He had his MSc in African Politics in 2012 and he also completed his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, University of London in 2016. His PhD research project, titled ‘‘History, Memory and Resistance in Northern Nigeria: The Transformation of Boko Haram,’’ was awarded the Horowitz Foundation grant for Social Policy. In 2015, Fr. Atta specialised in Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent Extremists, at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore.

From 2014 to 2016, Fr. Atta consulted for the European Union Technical Assistance to Nigeria’s Evolving Security Challenges. In May 2016, he was selected as a member of the United Nations Group of Experts to review the UN Handbook on Countering Violent Extremism in Africa. Currently, he consults for the European Union Support to Nigeria’s Prison-Based Deradicalisation Programme. He is Research Fellow for Open Doors International, Netherlands, the World Watch Monitor, UK and Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict, University of South Florida. Fr. Atta is also a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Africa Research Institute, London. He has authored the following reports: Internal Migration, Citizenship and Conflict in the Middle Belt Region of Nigeria; Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the Context of the Boko Haram Conflict and Boko Haram’s Exploitation of History and Memory. He has also written a substantial number of articles and opinion pieces. His forth-coming book: Boko Haram: History, Dispossession and Resistance will be out in November 2018.

Mobile: +2349031149816, Twitter: @atta_kindo, Facebook: Atta Barkindo

Mathew Shom Yari

Mathew Shom Yari is the accountant of Kukah Centre. He holds Bsc. Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Kongo Campus, Zaria kaduna State, Nigeria. He is a member of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN). Nigerian College of Accountancy, Jos Plateau State, Nigeria. Matthew likes working within the financial environment.

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