The Archbishop of Canterbury has told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that the reason he paid a visit to Nigeria on Wednesday was to pray with the President Goodluck Jonathan.
Justin Welby told the programme that there’s “a deep sense of unease” in the North eastern region where Boko Haram has been carrying out vicious attacks and that the country was “facing major crisis”.
Asked if he felt that the government was slow to respond to the abduction of more than 250 girls from their secondary school in the remote town of Chibok in Borno state, the archbishop sympathised with the government saying it was a difficult situation and that the geographical position and layout of the area made it extremely difficult to locate the girls.
He also stated that he had no doubts that despite the government’s initial slow response to the abduction, the issue was now the foremost issue on the minds of the country’s top officials.
The head of the Church Of England who has visited Nigeria many times in the past also revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan discussed some of the strategy his administration was empoying to tackle the insurgency including the ‘use of military forces and plans on economic regeneration.’ .
The Archbishop reiterated that the Nigerian needed all support in dealing with the insurgency as it was an ‘extraordinarily difficult situation to get a hold of’, calling Boko haram ‘a group of the utmost evil.’
The Arch Bishop is the leader of the Anglican Church including Nigeria’s 17 million Anglicans.