Nigeria Is Undeserving of Royal Visit – UK Journalist

British journalist and TV presenter Kevin O’Sullivan has criticized the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, for what he described as their “naïve” visit to Nigeria. The couple visited Nigeria to celebrate the Invictus Games, Harry’s tournament for wounded soldiers.

According to O’Sullivan, Nigeria is undeserving of endorsement from anyone, especially members of the royal family. He remarked, “The royal family doesn’t just go anywhere. These tours are planned years in advance and the countries that the royals honor with their visits are very carefully chosen. There’s no way our royal family would set foot in Nigeria, a country where female genital mutilation is rife; where women’s rights basically don’t exist; and where hundreds of kids are regularly kidnapped by extremist Islamic groups. This is not a country that should be endorsed by anyone, certainly not our royal family, and these two are naïve in what they’re doing. They’re making this country look good when it doesn’t deserve it,” he said on Talk TV.

This statement comes after another British journalist, Christopher Wilson, drew backlash for making a comparison between Nigerians and Nazis due to the royal couple’s visit in a since-deleted post. Royal correspondent Michael Cole, who was O’Sullivan’s guest on the program, also expressed his opinions about the visit. He said he was baffled by their actions, calling it a defiance of common sense and referring to Nigeria as a dangerous destination.

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“I couldn’t tell you the number of royal tours that I’ve been on, and what you say is absolutely right. Nigeria, the foreign office and the American State Department both say it’s a dangerous destination, you must not go there. It vies with Johannesburg, South Africa, to be the murder capital of the continent. In that country, there’s industrial-scale, volumes of people who are ripping off people around the world, internet fraud, wholesale internet fraud, defrauding old ladies, stealing identities and none of that is ever prosecuted,” Cole said.

Nigerians have since taken to social media to decry these statements, calling out the blatant prejudice and demanding accountability from the media personalities and the company. Some have also criticized out the hypocrisy of both journalists, pointing out the UK’s historical involvement in colonialism and exploitation of African countries.

Meanwhile, the King of England, King Charles III, has visited Nigeria four times, in 1990, 1999, 2006, and 2018.

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