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A Nigerian Welcome

May 2024

This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex received a vibrant and heartwarming welcome to Nigeria by Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, at Defence Headquarters in Abuja. 

The couple were greeted with open arms, highlighting the deep connections made through the Invictus community, a celebration of resilience and the invincible spirit of injured service personnel, united by the transformative power of sport.

Expressing his gratitude, The Duke highlighted the critical role of sport in rehabilitation, commending Nigeria’s engagement with the Invictus movement. General Musa echoed the sentiments, reflecting on the newfound hope sport offers to wounded and injured soldiers. He shared insights into the challenges faced by the Nigerian armed forces, particularly the threat posed by IEDs, and the importance of solidarity and recognition for their bravery and sacrifice for their country. 

The visit was also a beautiful showcase of personal connections that transcend boundaries as the couple was greeted by a group of wives of armed forces members who embraced The Duchess with a joyous, “Welcome home.”  

As The Duke and Duchess continue their visit engaging with the military community, their message is clear: together, through community and support, healing and hope are within reach. This trip is a testament to the power of international solidarity, the resilience of the human spirit, and the enduring bonds forged through shared challenges and triumphs.