Archbishop prays with Nigerian president
Wednesday 4th June 2014The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby made a last minute visit to Nigeria today to offer his heartfelt sympathy for the recent events affecting the country, including the recent bombings in Jos and the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls who have now been missing for almost two months.
Archbishop Justin paid a pastoral call on President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja to express his personal pain and condolence about the ongoing terrorism affecting parts of Northern Nigeria. The Archbishop, the President, and the Primate of Nigeria, the Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, then prayed privately together.
The Archbishop, who has visited Nigeria on many occasions – including Jos and other parts of Northern Nigeria, where he worked while leading the reconciliation work at Coventry Cathedral – has previously condemned the abduction of the schoolgirls, calling it an atrocious and inexcusable act, and urging for them to be released immediately and unharmed.
Archbishop writes on Boko Haram in the Church Times (16 May 2014)