PDP’s Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby and the UK High Commissioner had a private meeting today.
The meeting was held at the UK Embassy in Abuja, and it is a known fact that the Archbishop of Canterbury has been a close friend of Nigerian leaders over the years. Arc was one of the very few individuals that were allowed to see President Muhammadu Buhari, during his medical vacation in London.
The private meeting which centered on the 2019 general elections and the need to ensure a peaceful campaign season, also had the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, DG of Atiku campaign, Gbenga Daniel, and British High Commissioner Mr. Paul Arkwright in attendance.
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Few months ago, Archbishop Welby updated his Facebook page, providing highlights of his discussions with President Muhammadu Buhari when both men met in London earlier today. It reads in part;
It was an honour to meet President Muhammadu 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.