The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to look at the rising insecurity in Nigeria particularly the Boko Haram crises and the herders-farmers clash.
This was contained in a post on his official Facebook page on Wednesday, April 11.
He told President Buhari to intensify effort for the release of 14-year-old Leah Sharibu who has not been released by Boko Haram terrorists in the wake of Dapchi girls’ attack.
The archbishop also emphasised the need for the development of education in Nigeria and said he will continue to pray for the country.
Read statement below:
It was an honour to meet President Buhari of Nigeria in London today. We discussed the complex security situation in Nigeria and their government’s efforts to address it, and I offered support in seeking a sustainable solution to the herder-farmer conflict.
I expressed deep concern about the suffering resulting from raids on Christian communities and villages as far south as Delta State. We discussed the causes of such depredations, which have led to very many deaths and threaten an escalation of violence. I urged measures to restore confidence in the neutrality of the state, and spoke of the suffering of the poor in such tragedies.
I also raised the urgent situation of Leah Sharibu – the 14-year old Dapchi Christian school girl still held captive by Boko Haram for refusing to convert to Islam – and urged the President to do everything possible to secure her release.
I briefed President Buhari about my pastoral visit to Nigeria in 2014 following the abduction of the Chibok girls, and assured him of my continued prayers for the release of all those still in captivity. The President promised that the Government would do all in its power to secure their release.
No country or society can flourish without excellent education – so it was good to speak with the President about how education helps tackle poverty. I highlighted the vital role that churches in England play not just in educating a million children, but in providing them with values, identity and purpose.
Please join me in standing prayerfully with those suffering from the herder-farmer conflict, Boko Haram insurgency, and all those mourning the loss of loved ones. It’s so important that we pray for the peace and progress of Nigeria – and particularly for the liberating peace of Jesus to be with all those held in captivity.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari spoke about his announcement on Monday, April 9 to seek presidential re-election saying it was to clear the air as a lot of people had been speculating whether he would run or not.
This was contained in a statement by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity on Wednesday, April 11.
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