Anglican Leaders Apologize Over Church ‘Shameful’ Act Ahead Of Child Sex Abuse Report

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The archbishops of Canterbury and York, the two most senior Anglican clerics, on Tuesday apologised to victims of sexual abuse within the church ahead of the publication of what is expected to be a damning report

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell said the release of the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) would be a “very harrowing time” for survivors of abuse.

“We are truly sorry for the shameful way the church has acted and we state our commitment to listen, to learn and to act in response to the report’s findings,” they wrote in an open letter.

“We cannot and will not make excuses and can again offer our sincere and heartfelt apologies to those who have been abused, and to their families, friends and colleagues.”

The report is expected to tackle the response of the Church of England and the church in Wales to claims of child sexual abuse.

“The report will identify failings that we are already working to change, and failings that we will need to work harder to change,” wrote the archbishops.

The government-created IICSA, which is examining institutions across Britain, last year said the church had “put its own reputation above the needs of victims”.

Its response was marked by “secrecy, prevarication and avoidance of reporting alleged crimes”, the inquiry into abuse in the diocese of Chichester found.

The report also criticised Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, for his “misguided” support along with others of Bishop Peter Ball, a prolific sex offender.

In 2015, Ball admitted and was jailed for abusing 17 teenagers and young men while Bishop of Lewes — part of the Chichester diocese — and Bishop of Gloucester.

He was arrested and cautioned by police in 1992 for gross indecency but the report said the Church allowed him to return to work “with indecent haste”.

Prince Charles, who kept up correspondence with Ball for more than two decades, later insisted he did not know the nature of the clergyman’s 1992 caution.

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Archbishop Of Canterbury, Chief Horsfall, Others Condole With Buhari Over Abba Kyari

 

 

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, has expressed sadness over the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.

In a letter of condolence dated April 21, 2020 to President Muhammadu Buhari, the revered world religious leader said he recognised that “the Chief of Staff is a role on which one depends more than almost any other,” stressing that occupants of that strategic position “need to be trusted…and willing to have your interests most closely at heart.”

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According to the Archbishop, who is a personal friend of the President, “The fact that you entrusted Abba Kyari with your messages to me and to others demonstrates the faith you have in him,” adding, “I am sure that his death is a significant blow to you personally, as well as to your government.”

“This letter therefore brings my condolence at the loss of a man who struck me as remarkably intelligent and thoughtful…” he noted, while also extending his commiserations to Mallam Kyari’s family.

The pioneer Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Chief (Ambassador) Albert Korubo Horsfall, also sympathized with President Buhari on the loss of his Chief of Staff.

The Oil and Gas Trainers’ Association of Nigeria (OGTAN) in a condolence letter signed by its President, Dr Mayowa Afe to President Buhari, described Mallam Kyari as “a trusted friend, dependable ally and a man of uncommon loyalty…” while also acknowledging his contributions to strengthening the “economy and the Oil and Gas Industry.”

Herdsmen-Farmers Crisis Is ‘Older Than Us,’ Buhari Tells Archbishop Of Canterbury

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in London, United Kingdom said the herdsmen-farmers crisis in the country is older than his administration.

Responding to question by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, President Buhari lamented that the crisis has long existed.

“The problem is even older than us. It has always been there but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region.

“These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram.

“Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions,” Buhari said.

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In a statement which was signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, President Buhari also blamed “irresponsible politics” for the crisis.

He said politics has been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, but assured that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned.

On the schoolgirl from Dapchi, Leah Sharibu who is still being held by insurgents, reportedly because she refused to renounce her Christian faith, the President said the issue is being dealt with quietly.

“We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organisations. There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls,” he said

Archbishop Welby in response said it was always a delight to see President Buhari. He also gave assurance of support for the President.

“You have my best wishes on your recent decision. I read your declaration speech. We are neutral as a church, but we will pray for you. Great statesmen are those who run for the good of their country. We will be praying for you,” the Archbishop reassured President Buhari.

Why I Am Seeking Re-election – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday explained why he declared his intention to run for another term in office.

President Buhari had officially declared his intention to seek re-election on Monday, April 9, during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after various speculations.

While receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby in London on Wednesday, President Buhari said it was necessary for him to make his intention public because many Nigerians wanted to know his intention.

“I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others.

“We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting,” President Buhari said.

In a statement which was signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President also recounted some successes of the administration to the Archbishop.

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“We have cut the importation of rice by about 90%, saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture. Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased,” the President said.

On the war against insurgency, President Buhari said their is the need for continuous education of the people.

He said this is important “so that they can be free from religious manipulation,” and added that no true religion advocates the hurting or killing of the innocent.

President Buhari Meets Archbishop Of Canterbury

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.

This is part of the scheduled activities of the President’s visit to London, the United Kingdom.

Archbishop Welby is the most Senior Bishop in the Church of England.

President Buhari met with the Archbishop alongside the High Commission of Nigeria to United Kingdom, George Adesola Oguntade, the Secretary General Worldwide of Anglican Communion Archbishop, Josiah Idowu-Fearon, among others.

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The President on Monday left Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja London after the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership.

This was after he officially declared interest to seek re-election.

President Buhari, during his visit to the United Kingdom is also expected to hold discussions on Nigeria – British relations with Prime Minister Theresa May prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for 18th to 20th April, 2018.

Saudi Crown Prince Committed To Interfaith Dialogue As He Meets Canterbury’s Archbishop

PHOTO: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (CR) and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (CL) view a collection of early religious texts in the library during a private meeting at Lambeth Palace in London on March 8, 2018.
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a private meeting Thursday with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, where he made a “strong commitment” to interfaith dialogue, the archbishop’s office said.

During the hour-long visit at Lambeth Palace, the pair discussed the crown prince’s reform plans and Welby — the head of the Anglican church — expressed his concerns about the treatment of Christians in Saudi Arabia.

“The Crown Prince made a strong commitment to promoting the flourishing of those of different faith traditions, and to interfaith dialogue within the Kingdom and beyond,” the archbishop’s office said in a statement.

“The archbishop shared his concern about limits placed on Christian worship in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and highlighted the importance for leaders of all faiths to support freedom of religion or belief, drawing on the experience of the UK.”

Prince Mohammed is on a three-day visit to Britain, which began with a lunch with Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday, and will see him hold the second of two meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May later Thursday.

It follows a trip to Egypt earlier in the week when Prince Mohammed met Coptic Pope Tawadros II in Cairo.

In what his office described as a “cordial and honest conversation”, the archbishop also voiced his concern over the Saudi-led military action in Yemen, which has been the cause of protests during the crown prince’s British visit.

“The archbishop voiced his distress at the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and asked that all that is possible be done to alleviate the suffering of civilian populations and to seek an end to the conflict,” the statement said.

The men viewed a selection of early texts from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths during their meeting.

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Archbishop Of Canterbury Visits President Buhari In London

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on Friday, paid a personal visit to the President, Muhammadu Buhari at his residence in London.

The Archbishop said he was delighted to see the President’s rapid recovery following his health challenges and promised to continue praying for him as well as Nigeria.

On his part, President Buhari thanked Mr Welby for always standing by him at critical times and wished him God’s continuous grace in his spiritual duty.

On March 9, 2017, the Archbishop paid the President a visit, making this one the second since his trip to London where he went to attend to his health.

It has been over 80 days since (May 7) that the President travelled to the U.K to attend to his health, handing over authority to Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Weeks ago, the Acting President, travelled to London to meet with Buhari and he (Osinbajo) confirmed that the President was is was recuperating fast and would return soon.

Also, a delegation of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors who recently visited the President said he was in high spirits and hasn’t lost any bit of his sense of humour.

Leader of the APC Governors, Mr Rochas Okorocha said the President assured Nigerians not to worry at all, adding that he would be back as soon as the doctors give him the green light.

Among the delegation were Governors Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa; Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna; Yahaya Bello of Kogi; and APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun.

Archbishop Of Canterbury Visits President Buhari

buhari2The Archbishop of Canterbury and the most senior bishop in the Church of England, Hon. Justin Portal Welby (rtd), has visited Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Abuja house in London.

The President confirmed the visit on Thursday in a tweet saying: “very pleased to welcome the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, to Abuja House this afternoon”.

The President, who had been on vacation since January 23, has received quite a number of dignitaries since he extended his leave to take care of his health.

Those who have visited him include the Senate President, Dr. Bukola saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, APC Chairman, Chief John Oyegun and APC Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu.

The President had handed over to his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, before proceeding on leave.

Although the President had made several calls to some leaders back home, including the governors of Kano and Niger states, as well as former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon and former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, there have been calls for him to address Nigerians directly.

One of those who believe the President should address Nigerians from London, is a Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Lagos, Akin Oyebode, who in an interview with Channels Television said that Nigerians have a right to know the whereabouts of their president and it would only be fair for him to address citizens in order to dispel rumors in the country about his health.

Inter Religious Harmony Will Aid Peace And Progress In Nigeria – Oritsejafor

CAN_AyoThe National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has stressed the need for inter religious harmony for the peace and progress of Nigeria.

Speaking in Abuja at a conference organised by Christian Elders Forum of Northern Nigeria, Pastor Oritsejafor appealed to religious leaders to be in the vanguard of promoting peace.

Pastor Oritsejafor described insurgency as a crime against humanity and advised members of Boko Haram to repent in the interest of the nation.

The Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs for the Church of England, Dr Toby Howarth, who delivered a goodwill message from the Archbishop of Canterbury also emphasized the need for religious harmony, describing Nigeria as a country with great potentials.

With the theme ‘Voices Against Violence’, the conference being attended by Christian leaders from the 19 northern states is aimed at addressing issues of security and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.