Nigeria’s first man, President Muhammadu Buhari has received Prince Charles and his wife Duchess of Cornwell in Abuja today, November 6, 2018, at the State house in Abuja.
The Prince of Wales and his Wife, as earlier planned, made their stop to address security concerns in the West African country. They were met by President Buhari at the State House Villa where they attended a reception with the British High Commissioner Paul Arkwright.
Later this week Charles and Camilla will visit charities in Abuja, where they will hear about efforts to bring communities together in Nigeria’s Jos, Plateau state, because of sectarian violence.
Clashes between nomadic Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers are common as the two groups fight over land and grazing rights. Violence has escalated recently and thousands have been killed over the last year.
Later, the pair will visit the financial centre and port city of Lagos.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office confirmed the decision to cancel the Prince’s visit to Jos, which is prosperous city of nearly one million but has been caught up in much of the violence plaguing central Nigeria.
She said: “Due to operational constraints beyond our control, we have decided at this time not to include Jos during their royal highnesses’ visit to Nigeria.
“We are delighted to have an exciting programme of activity in Abuja and Lagos which will showcase those issues close to the Prince’s and the Duchess’s hearts.
“The decision was taken upon advice from the Nigerian Government and others involved in security and operational aspects of the visit.”
Charles is said to be disappointed not to be travelling to the city which was scheduled for the last day of the visit and was set to hear first-hand account about the inter-communal violence between farmers and cattle herders.
Prince Charles last visited Nigeria in 2006.