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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on Sunday.

With Sanwo-Olu to receive the British royal couple during a courtesy visit at Lagos House, Marina were his wife, Dr. Ibijoke; and some members of the state Executive Council.

The British royal couple is on a three-day visit to Nigeria to promote the Invictus Games, which the Prince 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.

After a closed door meeting with the royal couple, the governor praised his guests for the work they are doing with Nigeria’s military men, especially on issues around mental health.

Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle; the Duke, Prince Harry; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu during a courtesy visit by the Duke at the Lagos House, Marina, on Sunday

He 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 Defense 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.

From left: Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa; his wife, Mrs. Lilian Musa; Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle during a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Marina, on Sunday

“They have been to Kano, Abuja, and now Lagos. I am sure they have their own experience of what Nigeria looks like. We have extended an additional invitation to them that they can always come back when they want to.

“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”.

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