Nigerians Are So Intelligent, Full Of Commitment – Archbishop Welby
BEVERLY HILLS, May 14, (THEWILL) – The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev'd Justin Welby, who defended President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria when British Prime Minister, David Cameron, described the country as fantastically corrupt, has disclosed that there is no day he does not pray for Nigeria and its president.
He stressed that Nigeria has more promise, more opportunity, more potential than anywhere else in many continents beyond Africa, adding that Nigerians “are so intelligent, so full of energy, so full of commitment, that when Nigerians work together, the world – not just Africa – is affected by that beneficially.”
This came just as Buhari paid him a visit at the Lambeth Palace just before departing London where he had travelled for an anti-corruption summit. The head of the Anglican church observed that his guest has been “determinedly tackling” the violence in Nigeria since assuming office as President.
Disclosing this on his Facebook page, the religious leader said; “It was a great honour to welcome the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari to Lambeth Palace in London this morning. It's a rare day at Lambeth Palace when we do not pray for Nigeria, the largest country in Africa, which has a very large Anglican Church.
“We pray for President Buhari and for all those both in government and in opposition. We pray for the poor in Nigeria and for those who have suffered over the last number of years from the violence that has plagued the country, which President Buhari has been tackling so determinedly since he first took office.
“Nigeria is a country which has more promise, more opportunity, more potential than anywhere else that I know in many continents, not just in Africa. Its people are so intelligent, so full of energy, so full of commitment, that when Nigerians work together, the world – not just Africa – is affected by that beneficially.
So we continue to pray for the potential and future of this land to be a place that has a profound effect for good on our world, and demonstrates what is possible to be achieved.”
It would be recalled that it was Archbishop Welby who interjected when the British PM told Queen Elizabeth that “Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world,” by stressing that “this particular president (referring to Buhari) is actually not corrupt” and that Buhari is trying very hard to stamp out corruption in Nigeria.