The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, told President Buhari during a visit at the Lambeth Palace, London that he prays for Nigeria and for him – President Buhari – everyday.
The Archbishop was among those who defended Buhari and Nigeria following the Prime Minister David Cameron’s description of Nigeria as ‘fantastically corrupt’.
The Archbishop, Most Reverend Justin Welby, had defended Buhari in the leaked audio feed in the presence of the Queen, saying that Buhari was not corrupt and that he was trying to stamp out the national scourge.
It is understood that the Archbishop Welby has an interest in Nigeria. On his ordination, after leaving the oil industry as a businessman, he was made a Canon of Coventry Cathedral in 2002, leading on its ground-breaking reconciliation work.
This took him to Africa and the Middle East and he became a sought-after expert in Nigeria. He has worked in the Niger Delta, on reconciliation with militants.
He posted on his official Facebook page.
“It was a great honour to welcome the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari to Lambeth Palace in London this morning. It’s a rare day at Lambeth Palace when we do not pray for Nigeria, the largest country in Africa, which has a very large Anglican Church. We pray for President Buhari and for all those both in government and in opposition.
We pray for the poor in Nigeria and for those who have suffered over the last number of years from the violence that has plagued the country, which President Buhari has been tackling so determinedly since he first took office.
Nigeria is a country which has more promise, more opportunity, more potential than anywhere else that I know in many continents, not just in Africa. Its people are so intelligent, so full of energy, so full of commitment, that when Nigerians work together, the world – not just Africa – is affected by that beneficially.
So we continue to pray for the potential and future of this land to be a place that has a profound effect for good on our world, and demonstrates what is possible to be achieved.”