Thursday, 5 June 2014

# Africa News # Boko Haram

Archbishop of Canterbury visits Jonathan, prays for Nigeria

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, on Wednesday visited the Presidential Villa, Abuja to pray and condole with President Goodluck Jonathan on the security challenge in the country.

The visit by Welby is coming barely four days after the online publication of a British newspaper, The Mail on Sunday, reported that his Australian friend, Dr. Stephen Davis, had been hired by Jonathan to negotiate the release of the 219 schoolgirls abducted by the militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram on April 14.

The Archbishop was accompanied on the visit by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh; the Chaplain to the President, Ven. Obioma Onwuzurumba; and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Board, Mr. John Kennedy-Okpara.

They met with the President behind closed-doors.

After the meeting, Welby spoke   with State House correspondents on the security challenge facing the country and assured Nigerians that “people throughout the world” were praying for it to end.

He made reference to the recent bomb blasts in Jos, Plateau State but made no direct comment on the abducted girls.

- Punch

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