Prince Charles, wife set for Nigeria

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The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles will arrive Nigeria on Tuesday, November 6, for his fourth official visit to the country. This visit aims to strengthen bilateral ties with Nigeria, where he is also expected to address the country’s lingering security challenges, especially the herdsmen attacks on farmers crisis in Nigeria.

A statement issued by the British High Commission in Abuja, said Prince Charles, who will be accompanied by his wife, Princess Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will be welcomed by President Muhammadu Buhari to celebrate the United Kingdom’s dynamic, forward-looking partnerships with Nigeria on a range of shared priorities.

“Nigeria and the UK are strong Commonwealth partners with a shared interest in developing a prosperous Nigeria. Nigeria is one of the largest and youngest countries in the world and home to the largest economy in Africa. In Nigeria, young people are driving a rich ecosystem of innovators and entrepreneurs,” the statement said.

According to the statement The Royal Highnesses will meet some of Nigeria’s dynamic youth, as well as traditional leaders, the business community, the armed forces, and people from the arts, fashion and charitable sector during the three-day visit in Abuja and Lagos.

The visit will highlight key themes in the Nigeria, UK relationship, including the importance of Commonwealth ties; youth opportunity; business and entrepreneurship; educating women and girls; literacy; defence cooperation; and religious and cultural diversity and opportunities for closer cooperation between the Nigerian and UK artists in music, art, cinema, and fashion, the statement added.

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, in said in a statement, “I  look forward to welcoming Their Royal Highnesses to experience the richness and diversity of Nigeria and to help promote British investment in youth, jobs and equal opportunities in Nigeria. The historic links between the Royal family and Nigeria is something we can all celebrate.”

Under the defence cooperation, Arkwright gave an indication that Prince Charles would engage in peace-building activities, including addressing the lingering attacks of herdsmen on farming communities in Nigeria and find ways to resolve the root causes of the matter.

The Prince of Wales has made three previous official visits to Nigeria (March 1990, May 1999 and November 2006). This will be The Duchess of Cornwall’s first visit to Nigeria.

The Royals have visited Ghana and the Gambia and now Nigeria as part of the official trips to three Commonwealth countries

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