The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Welby, has assured Nigerians of prayers from other countries of the world towards a peaceful and fair election.

In his verified twitter account @JustinWelby, he said, “Around the world, we are praying with great hope for peaceful and fair elections in Nigeria, which build on the successful voting and calm transition in 2015.

“May God bless you in His power – and may He bless this wonderful nation. #NigeriaDecides2019.”

Recall that Welby, in October 2018, held separate meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Welby was a keynote speaker at a conference themed ‘Religious Harmony in Nigeria: Towards the 2019 General Election’.


In his keynote address, the Archbishop stressed that it was the responsibility of religious leaders to speak up and condemn all forms of violent activities during political campaign or elections.

He said Nigeria must take up its leadership role in Africa by way of conducting free, fair and credible election in 2019 and beyond.

President Buhari, presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), also spoke at the conference which was attended by religious and traditional leaders.

Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the PDP, Gbenga Daniel, Director-General of Atiku’s campaign, and Paul Arkwright, British High Commissioner, were present when Welby met with Atiku.

Subsequently, Welby visited the presidential villa for a dinner with the president.

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