Archbishop of Canterbury, Rt. Rev. Justin Delby, on Wednesday met with President Goodluck Jonathan as part of the latter’s efforts to end the security challenges in parts of the country.
Welby came two days after a delegation of the Organisation of
Islamic Cooperation visited the President and four days after a delegation
of Islamic clerics led by Khalifa Ahmed Inyass visited.
Delby, who was accompanied 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 Christians
Pilgrims Board, Mr. John Kennedy-Okpara, met with the President behind
Fielding questions from State House correspondents, at the meeting Welby
who said he was familiar with Jos, Plateau State, described as
disheartening the recent bombings recorded in the North Central state.
He said the suffering currently being passed through by Nigerians was known
to the world adding that was why people all over the world were praying for
Welby said, “The bombing in Jos was deeply disheartening because I know Jos
very well. I came to pray with His Excellency and express our condolence
for the losses.
“God is faithful. In one of the letters that Paul wrote to the church, he
talked about the sufferings they were going through being known throughout
the world and that certainly is true here because the suffering in Nigeria
is known throughout the world.
“People throughout the world pray for the country. It is a country which I
have profound respect and deep love. And like many, I am deeply grieved by
what is happening but God is faithful.
“He is always faithful to us and as Christians, in Jesus Christ we believe
in His faithfulness and we can trust Him for the future.
“I don’t have words to describe the good potential this country has. There
is great difficulty at the moment but it is a country with such enormous potentials. I think Nigerians by nature are joyful, hopeful and vigorous,
they work hard.
“The country has so much going for it. In the meeting, the President talked
about the need of a solution that will reach all people, not just the security but economy, spiritual and every part of the human life.”