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  • Updated: May 10, 2024

Kaduna: You are symbol of courage, perseverance — Governor Sani to Prince Harry

Kaduna: You are symbol of courage, perseverance — Governor

Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani has described the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry as a symbol of courage, perseverance, compassion and oneness of humanity, during his visit to the state on Friday.

The governor said: "Your visit reminds us of another happy event 68 years ago, when Queen Elizabeth II, your grandmother, was welcomed to Kaduna on 2nd February 1956, by our revered leader, the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello (of blessed memory)."

The governor who noted the prince's commitment to inspiring youths and a symbol of patriotism through his service to the United Kingdom's Air Force as captain, applauded his contributions to wildlife conservation.

He added that the prince's lifelong pursuit of food causes aligns with his (Governor Sani) commitment to improving the lives of the vulnerable and underserved persons in society. 

He said: "You are a symbol of courage, perseverance, compassion, and the oneness of humanity. I commend you for your selfless service to the United Kingdom and humanity.

"You made your mark in the United Kingdom's Airforce, attaining the rank of Captain. Despite your privileged upbringing and position in the Royal Family, you opted to go to the battlefield in the service of your country. You are an inspiration to the youths and an epitome of patriotism.

"I also salute you for your exemplary activism in the area of wildlife conservation, especially in Africa. You also helped found a Charity for children in Lesotho. In sports, you founded the Invictus Games, an international sporting competition for injured and sick veterans and service people.

"Your life-long pursuit of good causes aligns with my own life-long activism for improvement in the conditions of the poor, vulnerable and underserved in our society. As Governor, I have committed myself to bringing hope to the weak and vulnerable."

Governor Sani also highlighted the long-standing relationship that exists between Nigeria and the British which has led to the hosting of prominent political and administrative officers in Kaduna from colonial times to the attainment of Nigeria's independence in 1960. 

The governor said: "The first British Governor of Northern Nigeria, Sir Frederick Lugard chose to operate from Kaduna due to its proximity to the Lagos - Kano Railway. Kaduna became the capital of former Northern Nigeria in 1917. To date, Kaduna remains the political and cultural capital of Northern Nigeria.

"Kaduna also occupies a strategic place in the growth and development of the Nigerian Military. The West African Frontier Force -WAFF (the precursor of today’s Armed Forces of Nigeria) was transferred to Kaduna in 1913 because it was isolated from other existing towns, and free from local political complications. 

"The movement of the WAFF from Zungeru to Kaduna on 21st February 1913 can thus be said to be the birth of modern Kaduna, and this is why Kaduna State is rightly regarded as the home of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. 

"From housing the West African Frontier Force during colonial times, Kaduna is now home to the Premier Division of the Nigerian Army, 1 Division, and the Premier Base of the Nigerian Air Force, where you landed. It also houses the Nigerian Defence Academy, the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology and many other notable military institutions. 

"I wish to specially thank you for identifying with the Armed Forces of Nigeria, and for your commitment to inspiring and supporting our troops. Your visit will definitely lift the spirits of our brave and resilient officers and men and women of the Armed Forces.  

"As the Governor of Kaduna State, I have committed myself to the sustenance of the more than a century of this excellent relationship between our State and the Armed Forces. 

"They are our strategic partners. We collaborate closely for the attainment of their constitutional mandates. They also play a vital role in ensuring security as a foundation for our key objectives in health, education, infrastructure and socio-economic development, alongside the promotion of peaceful coexistence and togetherness."

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