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Presidential praise for Idowu-Fearon

President Buhari of Nigeria has written to  Josiah Idowu-Fearon, newly installed secretary general of the Anglican Consultative Council, congratulating him upon his appointment,

The President of Nigeria has written to the Rt. Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, newly installed secretary general of the Anglican Consultative Council, congratulating him upon his appointment, noting that he will be the first African leader of the London-based organization. A copy of the letter released by President Muhammadu Buhari’s staff in Abuja on 4 Sept 2015 said: “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.”

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