…Property worth millions of naira destroyed in inferno.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Chairman Kaduna Peace Commission, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon’s Kaduna 4-bedroom duplex housing the centre for Christianity and Islamic Study Centre, with property worth millions of naira has been gutted by fire.
An eye witness account said the inferno was caused by a worker in one of the bishop’s neighbourhood houses, who engaged in bush-burning and refused to listen to warnings from people in the area.
The man (name withheld) was warned not to carry out any bush-burning but refused to heed to all the warnings until the unexpected happened.
Archbishop Fearon, who is presently Secretary-General of Anglican Communion Worldwide – with headquarters in London – expressed shock and disappointment over the incidence when contacted on phone.
The bishop in his reaction said, “Your love and concern are appreciated. May the Lord bless you. You know these uneducated people around us; what will one do other than just warn and leave them to God.
“My library had between 6,500-7,000 volumes with almost half on Islamic books and a good number out of print.
“God saved the ground floor as evidence that God approves of our Centre bringing Muslim & Christian leaders to study and share their faith with one another. We give all the glory to God,” he said.
The house, which is a 4-bedroom en-suit duplex, had the three rooms upstairs, which is the Bishop’s room, that of his wife, his library, a Gym and one other room completely razed down with no single item taken away from it.
An eye witness, Hadiza Haruna, who is the Bishop’s house-help, said all efforts by Fire Service men, who came with about five trucks (of water) to put off the fire, could not yield much result as much damage had already been done.
When our correspondent visited the house, sympathizers were seen coming to see the remains of the razed-down duplex, some of whom expressed sadness with the quantum of destruction.