Archbishop of Canterbury, Nigerian president pray during visit

Posted Jun 4, 2014

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby made a last minute visit to Nigeria June 4 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.

The archbishop paid a pastoral call on President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja to express his personal pain and condolence about the ongoing terrorism affecting parts of North 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.


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  1. Nathaniel Queen says:

    While I appreciate the Archbishop’s pastoral call on President Goodluck and am concerned about the abduction of the Nigerian school girls, The Archbishop had the opportunity to speak with President goodluck about the persecution of gay men and women by the Nigerian government. God love is not selective and neither should the Archbishop’s concern for safety and justice be.

    1. Thank you. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is poised to offer/deliver pastoral CARE and HOPE to ALL Anglicans and others…will he or only appear at human disasters and vile atrocities selectively?

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