By Martha Agas
The Catholic Diocese of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, has described his mother, Janet Kukah, as kind-hearted, prayerful and generous.
The bishop eulogised his mother who died at the age of 86, describing her as generous and with out ethno-religious biases, at her funeral service on Friday, at St Mathew Catholic Church at Achuna, Sarkin Ikulu community in Zango Kataf Local Government Area.
“My Mother was extraordinarily generous, she gives gifts to people.
“When I send her a bag of rice, it does not last a week because she gives it out.
“There was a time she distributed food shortly after a crisis and people cautioned her for giving Muslim women food but she said ‘hunger has no religion,” he said.
He said his mother was a quintessential politician who in spite of her lack of education was able to analyse and envisage the likely performance of political candidates.
He thanked the clergy, political and traditional leaders for attending the burial, saying her death was a celebration of life because she made her way right with God before her demise.
Speaking at the event, the chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, prayed for God to have mercy on the soul of the deceased.
The chairman represented by the chariman of the Northern Governors Forum and governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, described the deceased as contributing to humanity both locally and internationally through her children.
Lalong said the government and people of Plateau prayed for her soul to rest in peace, adding that her son Kukah has always encouraged him in his political career.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the community leader of the area, Agwam Ajulu, Mr Yohanna Kukah, described the deceased as a composer of many songs in the Ikulu dialect.
He lauded her commitment in women fellowship in the community and impacting of lives through welfare packages, saying her legacy would be recorded in the annals of the community.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the former chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, former Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, chairman and President, Southern Kaduna People’s Union, Jonathan Asake, were among the dignitaries that attended the ceremony.
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