by Stanley Azuakola
Justin Welby, the recently installed Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Anglican church worldwide, visited the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, in London where the emir is currently recuperating.
Welby is a man well versed in Nigerian matters as he had previously served as a negotiator in some of Nigeria’s crises areas including areas in the Niger Delta and the North, long before he became Archbishop of Canterbury.
During the solidarity visit, Welby condemned the assassination attempt on Bayero, describing it as a “dreadful business.” He informed the emir that the Prince of Wales (Charles) “has been very concerned about the incident in Kano and sends his greetings.”
He was accompanied to visit the emir by the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida.
Bayero, who narrowly escaped death last month when gunmen fired at his convoy while returning from an official assignment last month, responded to the Archbishop of Canterbury in Hausa as an interpreter translated.
He thanked Welby, saying that “I appreciate very much your love and friendship for the people of Nigeria and your work towards bringing a better understanding and peace for the people of Nigeria especially between the two divides of Islam and Christianity and hope that your new office will use the opportunity to help the people of Nigeria in their quest for reconciliation and better understanding and bringing more peace.”