By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja
Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, yesterday paid a personal visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja House, London.
The cleric said he was delighted to see the rapid recovery President Buhari has made from his health challenges, noting that it was a testimony to the healing powers of God and answer to prayers of millions of people round the world.
The Archbishop and President Buhari are friends who share deep respect for each other.
A statement by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, noted that Archbishop Welby noted that the cleric pledged to continue praying for both President Buhari and Nigeria.
In his response, the Nigerian president thanked Archbishop Welby, whom he noted had always stood by him at critical times, even as he wished him God’s continued grace in his spiritual duty of leading the Anglican Communion worldwide.
LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that Archbishop Welby had challenged the British government when it tagged Nigeria as one of the most corrupt countries, saying the incumbent president of the most populous country in Africa was different.
When former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, described Nigeria as a “fantastically corrupt” country ahead of an anti-corruption summit in London in 2016, the cleric 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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