President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday congratulated Most Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon on his appointment as the Secretary-General of the Consultative Council of the Anglican Communion Worldwide.
In a letter delivered by his personal emissary, Mallam Adamu Adamu to Idowu-Fearon on Friday in London on the occasion of the clergy’s commissioning into the new post, Buhari said that all Nigerians were proud of his elevation into one of the most important offices in the world of faith.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said Buhari in his congratulatory letter applauded Idowu-Fearon’s emergence, after a highly competitive selection process, as the first African to occupy the office.
The letter reads in part, “With your intellect, with great pastoral zeal and with compassion, you have over the years risen above intolerance and narrow sectarianism and built interfaith and ecumenical bridges of understanding among your countrymen.
“We salute your special gift of clearly articulating the essence and beauty of the many bonds that bind us.
You have lived up to your calling and attained your self-stated goals of creating a culture of respect for differences, a culture of accepting human beings for what they are and playing down the things that divide them.
“Our nation and the world will certainly be a better place if all men of God approached pastoral work with the same patience, compassion and fidelity to higher principles that you have exhibited in the various offices you have held.
“It is our prayer that, in your new position, God uses you to counsel and move the entire worldwide Anglican Communion in the direction in which you have taken the Anglican Church in Nigeria—towards an intimate knowledge of others, and sincere fellowship with everyone.
“This is the imperative of the moment: it is what the world direly needs today”.
Most Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon is the immediate past Anglican Archbishop of the Province of Kaduna and Bishop of Kaduna diocese.