- Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, August 4
- He expressed happiness that President Buhari was recovering rapidly from his ailment
- The christian leader has been a close friend of the Nigerian president for a long time
According to a State House press release by Femi Adesina, spokesman for President Buhari, the president received Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby on a personal visit.
The meeting which took place on Friday, August 4 at Abuja House, London was according to Mr Adesina because of the friendship between both men.
"The Archbishop and President Buhari are friends, who share deep respect for each other," he said in a Facebook post made by Lauretta Onochie, personal assistant to the president on social media matters.
Archbishop Welby was reportedly happy to see the president and said he was delighted to see the rapid recovery President Buhari has made from his health challenges.
He also noted that it was a testimony to the healing powers of God, and answer to prayers of millions of people round the world. Also, the cleric pledged to continue praying for both President Buhari and Nigeria.
Mr Adesina in the statement says Buhari thanked Archbishop Welby, whom he noted had always stood by him at critical times, and wished him God's continued grace in his spiritual duty of leading the Anglican Communion worldwide.
Adesina said: "It will be recalled that when former British Prime Minister, David Cameron described Nigeria as a "fantastically corrupt" country ahead of an anti-corruption summit in London in 2016, Archbishop Welby had retorted: 'But this particular President (Buhari) is actually not corrupt.'
"The Archbishop later personally received the Nigerian President at Lambeth Palace, London, and had also paid a goodwill visit to President Buhari in March this year, during his medical vacation."
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