The Governor of Katsina State, Dikko Umaru Radda, has commended the recent installation of the first Hausa Catholic Bishop, Rev. Fr. Gerald Mamman Musa, as the inaugural Bishop of the newly established Catholic Diocese of Katsina.
While hosting a delegation of bishops led by Bishop Hassan Mathew Kukah of Sokoto Diocese recently, Governor Radda extended his congratulations to the Christian leadership for the establishment of the new Catholic Diocese in the state.
In his remarks, Governor Radda praised the region’s impressive interreligious harmony between Islam and Christianity. He stated that the establishment of the Katsina Diocese and the appointment of a new bishop signify substantial religious acceptance between the two faiths, fostering optimism for continued unity.
Leading the delegation, Bishop Kukah emphasised the significance of Bishop Gerald Mamman Musa’s appointment as the first Bishop of the Katsina Diocese and the first Hausa man to hold such a prestigious position within the Catholic Church. He hailed this milestone as a significant advancement for the Catholic community in northern Nigeria, noting that it grants autonomy for the Katsina Diocese to operate independently from the Sokoto Catholic Diocese.
Expressing gratitude to Governor Radda for his steadfast support of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Kukah highlighted the importance of the Katsina Diocese’s establishment in contributing to the Church’s expansion and the overall progress of the state.
Ordained as a priest on June 1, 1996, Rev. Gerald Mamman Musa previously served as the director of the Centre for Studies on African Culture and Communication (CESACC) at the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, before assuming his role as Bishop of the Katsina Diocese.