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Prince Harry Commends Nigeria's Military Heroes During Visit to Abuja

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louis Buyisiwe

May 12, 2024

Prince Harry's Engagement with Nigerian Military

"Prince Harry and Meghan at a reception with Nigerian military families in Abuja
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, interact with an injured soldier during their visit to the Nigerian army headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, on May 10, 2024.

During his recent visit to Abuja, Nigeria, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, paid homage to the valiant efforts and sacrifices of the Nigerian military. The Prince highlighted the profound impact of their bravery in conflicts across the nation and expressed his anticipation for the new Invictus Centre, aimed at aiding the rehabilitation of injured soldiers.

Prince Harry's Engagement with Nigerian Military

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, arrived in Nigeria on Friday as part of a tour linked to the Invictus Games, an international event founded by Harry for military personnel wounded in action. Nigeria marked its first participation in the Invictus Games in 2023. At a special reception for military families in Abuja, Harry shared his experiences from his visit to northern Kaduna, where he met with 50 wounded soldiers. He spoke of the profound influence these encounters had on him, especially seeing the resilience and optimism of the soldiers despite their injuries.

Significance of the Invictus Centre

The Duke of Sussex expressed his excitement about the plans for the new Invictus Centre in Nigeria, which promises to provide substantial support and rehabilitation for injured troops. Describing his reaction to the plans, Harry mentioned getting "goosebumps" from seeing the potential to transform lives through the facility.

Cultural Connections and Local Reactions

The visit also featured a light-hearted moment when Abike Dabiri Erewa, chairperson of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, brought attention to Meghan's claimed Nigerian heritage, a topic she had previously discussed on a podcast. This comment elicited applause and smiles, highlighting the warm reception the royal couple received.

Prince Harry's visit to Nigeria underscores the enduring bond between the Invictus Games and the nations participating in it. His recognition of the Nigerian military's sacrifices and his enthusiasm for the upcoming Invictus Centre reflect his commitment to supporting the rehabilitation of injured military personnel worldwide.

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