Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) today, Friday, June 3rd, led some Anglican clerics to a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, The Nation reports.
The Primate, who spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said that the issues discussed included the herdsmen attacks and killings across the country and oil pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region. He said:
“We told him many things but part of it we are all looking for solution to issues of the herdsmen, issue of vandalism on security in one way or the other because the people are asking us and we want to have explanation for the people whom we lead.
“Very favourable, he gave us detailed explanations of what he is doing to ensure that these things are solved so we have hope, we have message for our people”.
He pointed out that Buhari’s first year in office was devoted to clearing the table, expressing optimism that the situation of things will improve in the country in the next one year. According to the leader of the Anglican Clerics:
“We believe that so far it’s been okay because of the difficulties of the time and between now and the next one year we are looking forward to something more direct now.
“Something that will get to the people easily, so far for the first year it is trying to clear the table, prepare the place, make the work move forward.
“We look forward to a better 2016-2017 budget year that you can see that with the long delay in budget, the issue of padding we were not able to begin easily.
“So the next one we know will be better that is why we are talking in that way, its okay for now but it could be better”, he added.
Others in attendance were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Most Reverend Friday Imaekhai, Archbishop of Bende Province among others.
Okoh last year called on Nigerians to be patient with Buhari, as it would be difficult for the president-elect to fix the country within four years.
Recall that just yesterday, June 2, the president has cancelled his scheduled trip to Ogoniland to launch a cleanup programme of the oil-rich region. The cancellation follows the threat from the Niger Delta Avengers on the life of the the presicent.
See more pictures of the meeting below: