The Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated the Most Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon on his appointment as the Secretary-General of the Consultative Council of the Anglican Communion worldwide.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the speaker said he is highly elated with the emergence of Reverend Idowu-Fearon as the second highest in the Anglican Church worldwide.
Dogara described the appointment as a testimony of the Bishop’s stewardship as a committed man of God, lover of peace and a spiritual father.
He said over the years, Bishop Idowu-Fearon, who was Anglican Archbishop of the Province of Kaduna and Bishop of Kaduna diocese before his recent elevation, helped in bridging the religious divide in Nigeria with his peace gospel and inter-faith missions between Christians and Muslims.
Speaker Dogara, therefore, charged him to use his new office to push for global peace, dialogue and religious harmony amongst the people of the world.
“More than ever before, the world is in dire need of angels like Idowu-Fearon at the helm of affairs of religious organizations to help bring about the much needed peace and stability”, he said.
He said war is gradually threatening the very existence of humanity and that the world is drifting towards violence occasioned by activities of terrorists groups like Boko Haram and ISIS.
“It is regrettable that in our world today, human life is becoming very cheap. Religious leaders like Bishop Idowu-Fearon have a big task ahead and I have no doubt in my mind that he will succeed”.
This, he said, is the challenge facing the human race for which only men of faith like Bishop Idowu-Fearon can help preach peace and bring about religious harmony.
Mr. Dogara expressed optimism that Bishop Idowu-Fearon will make Nigeria proud.