President of Nigeria visits Lambeth Palace

Welby ‘greatly honored’ to be visited by leader of Africa’s largest country

Posted May 13, 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby welcomes President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to Lambeth Palace, May 13. Photo: Lambeth Palace

[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby welcomed the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to Lambeth Palace on May 13.

Buhari was greeted on arrival by Welby and his wife Caroline, along with the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Office, Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, and Bishop of Guildford Andrew Watson, whose diocese is linked in partnership with the Church of Nigeria.

Buhari was applauded by Lambeth Palace staff as he entered, before signing the visitor’s book. The president and the archbishop then met privately for about an hour.

Welby said it was “a great honor” to welcome Buhari to Lambeth Palace, “the leader of the largest country in Africa” with “the very large Anglican Church in Nigeria.” It was the first time Buhari had visited Lambeth Palace since his election as president last year.

The archbishop said: “I think it would be fair to say that it is a rare day at this place when we do not pray for Nigeria. We pray for Nigeria, for you personally, for all those, both in government and in opposition, in Nigeria, for the poor in Nigeria and for those who have suffered over the last number of years from the violence that has plagued your country, which you have been tackling so determinedly since you first took office.”

He added: “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. And so we 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.”


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Comments (4)

  1. Donald Heacock says:

    No all Muslims are ISIS! No push for Saria.

  2. Lisa Fox says:

    And Nigeria is one of the countries that wants to jail or execute its gay/lesbian citizens. Did you say anything about that, Archbishop Welby?

  3. Frank Riggio-Preston says:

    The Nigerisn nation arrests, tortures and wants to murder it’s gay and lesbian citizens. It’s abhorrent to have received such a gracious welcoming. The bishops in that country support the government’s positions also and have the nerve to chastise TEC for its service and love of LGBT persons.

  4. Joe Prasad says:

    Really glad that Archbishop Welby has met President Buhari of Nigeria. It is often through continuous dialogue and engagement that positive changes can be brought about esp in nations where there are gross human right violations for reasons that are complex and often difficult to comprehend by Western nations. I sincerely hope that Archbishop Welby will avail of all opportunities to meet people of influence however different their views may be. I am certain that his interaction will play some role in helping people in authority resolve social issues in their nations in a compassionate way.

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