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Invictus Games: Prince Harry, Meghan arrive Nigeria for discussions

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan, have landed in Abuja, Nigeria, embarking on a mission to advocate for the possibility of Nigeria hosting the Invictus Games.

This international multi-sport event, conceived by Prince Harry, aims to support the rehabilitation of wounded, injured, and ill servicemen and women.

Prince Harry’s connection to the military, stemming from his service as an Apache helicopter copilot gunner in Afghanistan, fueled his vision for the Invictus Games.

Nigeria’s inaugural participation in the games last year marked a significant milestone, with the country clinching gold and bronze medals, affirming the event’s impact.

The royal couple’s arrival in Abuja on a British Airways flight was slightly delayed due to unforeseen circumstances with the pilot falling ill, necessitating a swift replacement.

Their itinerary includes a visit to wounded soldiers at a military hospital in Kaduna, highlighting the games’ potential to aid in the recovery of personnel engaged in combating threats like Boko Haram since 2009.

In addition to attending basketball and volleyball matches, the royal duo will engage with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Abuja and Lagos.

Meghan will co-host a discussion on ‘Women in Leadership’ with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Mohammed Baduru, Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, expressed eagerness to host the Invictus Games.

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