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Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Nigeria on Friday to communicate with wounded soldiers
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Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Nigeria on Friday to communicate with wounded soldiers

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan will arrive in Nigeria on Friday for a three-day private visit at the invitation of the Chief of Defense Staff, General Christopher Musa.

The Sports Director and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the visit, AVM Abidemi Marquis, made this known during a briefing to journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

While providing details of the visit, Marquis said Prince Harry, who founded the Invictus Game, would visit injured soldiers at the Army Reference Hospital Kaduna on Saturday with his wife.

He said the visit would also see the Duke of Sussex interact with wounded soldiers and their families in Abuja and witness another volleyball match.

He added that the couple would visit Lagos on Sunday, where they are supporting an NGO, before leaving Nigeria on Monday.

According to him, the visit, scheduled from May 10 to 13, will help injured soldiers in their recovery efforts.

“We realized that 80 percent of our soldiers have been involved in this recovery program and they are doing better.

“Their outlook on life is positive because if you experience a permanent disability it affects your mental health and also your outlook on life.

“The recovery program has given them the opportunity to improve their personal self-esteem, mental health and emotional intelligence.

“So this engagement with Invictus offers our soldiers an opportunity for recovery,” he said.

Marquis said Nigeria would build a state-of-the-art structure for the management of post-traumatic stress syndrome for wounded and injured soldiers involved in counter-insurgency operations.

“They will go to Kaduna to visit the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital where our wounded and injured soldiers are being held for their medical recovery.

“On Saturday we have a novelty competition where the CDS team and the Duke team will have a volleyball match in the Armed Forces Officers Mess.

“This is just to interact with the wounded and wounded soldiers, it is a sitting volleyball match that will take place tomorrow morning.”