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Governor Sanwo-Olu Receives Prince Harry, Meghan During Visit To Lagos

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Governor Sanwo-Olu Receives Prince Harry, Meghan During Visit To Lagos

Sanwo-Olu praised Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their efforts in supporting Nigeria’s military on mental health issues.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, received the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and commended them for working with Nigeria’s military on mental health.

The couple was received by Sanwo-Olu, his wife, Dr. Ibijoke, and some members of the State Executive Council, during a courtesy visit to the Lagos House, Marina.

Harry and his wife, Meghan, were on a three-day visit to Nigeria to promote the Invictus Games, which he founded in 2014. The couple had a stopover in Lagos on Sunday.

The Invictus Games are aimed at raising funds and supporting serving members of the military as well as veterans to overcome their physical and mental illness or injuries, which would help them to develop a sense of belonging and increased self-esteem.

Speaking to journalists after a closed-door meeting with the couple, Sanwo-Olu praised them for the work they were doing with Nigeria’s military men, especially on issues around mental health.

The governor said, “We are honoured to receive them (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) at the Lagos House, Marina. We are excited about the ideas and what they are planning to do, especially with the office of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, and his wife, Mrs. Lilian Musa.

“For Prince Harry, it has been a very interesting and informative trip to the country. He has seen a lot. And part of the things we are hoping he will take away is the diversity and extent of how big our country is, how we continue to ensure that we live together in peace and harmony, and what role Lagos plays in the whole conversation.”

“We are, indeed, happy for what they are doing, especially for our military men, on the conversation around mental health issues and how they can galvanise their various NGOs to ensure that people who require their support, both in the military and private, can seek that support.

“Mental health issues are all around us. Denial and stigmatisation are some of the things we talked about. And more importantly, at what point in Nigeria can we have the Invictus Games that Prince Harry is known for so that the true Nigerian competitiveness can also be reflected in those games.”

Prince Harry, who is the founder of the Invictus Games Foundation, stated that in the 10 years of the Invictus Games, one remarkable moment was to have the Nigerian team win gold and bronze medals at their first outing in the 2023 games held in Düsseldorf, Germany.

He expressed his pleasure at Nigeria joining the Invictus Games and hoped to witness more participation.

Major General Uche Agbor, representing the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, said the Nigerian Army would continually cater to the welfare of its soldiers, especially post-war and injured ones.

He thanked the couple for choosing Nigeria to build a centre during the historic visit, which he believed would rehabilitate the victims to become the best versions of themselves, irrespective of the present challenge facing them.

Wife of the Minister of Budget and Planning, Hajia Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, said she was pleased at their visit to help the wounded soldiers.

Michael Olugbode

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