Following the sad event of fire outbreak at Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigerian Union of Journalists, Kaduna Council, that destroyed millions of properties barely last week, the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, Pastor Yohanna Buru, led a delegation of Muslim and Christian clerics to the chapel to condole with members.
He also donated some prayer mats, plastic kettles and big plastic buckets for conservation of water of the mosques at the Centre for Muslims to be praying, in order to boost religious tolerance among different faith organizations.
Speaking with pressmen shortly after handing over the praying materials, Pastor Buru said, “I was shocked when I heard about the news that there was a fire outbreak at the Centre, which caused much destruction of millions of naira, and this destruction will surely cause set-back to the journalists, while carrying out their daily activities.
Buru said “In each time I visit the Centre for an interview with some of my friend journalists, I usually see some Muslims praying at their mosque. Unfortunately, I came to discovere that even the mosque at the Centre was equally completely burnt down by the fire.
“So, we pray that may the Almighty God replace the destroyed building in million-folds,” adding that “we on our part, we will continue praying to God for the continued progress and development of the chapel so that journalists can continue their daily activities without facing any hindrances.”
“The role of journalists in our society cannot be over emphasized. It is, therefore, very vital for us to make a call to all the wealthy individuals, governments at all levels, NEMA and SEMA, not forgetting private companies and non-governmental organizations for their contribution, for the rebuilding of the destroyed building.
“The journalists have been helping us in carrying all our messages beyond our imagination across all the country; we must call on every stakeholder to immensely donate his own quota for the reconstruction of the Correspondent Chapel,” Buru said.
Pastor Buru also noted that raining season has already started in some parts of the country, and it would be very difficult for the journalists to be operating in an environment that is not really conducive for them, due to the nature of their job.
He said, “It’s, therefore, a general call to every Nigerian to donate their own part for the rebuilding of the destroyed building, in view of the various contributions journalists are donating to the development of every human, socio-political, economic, and health wise.”
Meanwhile, Mallam Lawal Maduru, known as Mallam Nigga, who is chairman of Niggas Rehabilitation Center, also vowed to support the chapel with some chairs for the Christians, in order to enable the journalists have a place of sitting down and praying.
Receiving the gift items at the chapel the journalists expressed satisfaction and commended the cleric for his kind gestures.