By Uche Mbah
The international pressures on President Buhari may continue this week as Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and his consort, Carmela, will be visiting Nigeria November 6. The couple is expected to be in Nigeria from November six to November 8, 2018. Though the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, has pinpointed the Herdsmen clashes as part of his concerns, it is believed that he is the last links in the line of diplomatic reach outs to the Nigerian presidency on elections issues. Most European leaders have visited Buhari, beginning with the French leader, Emmanuel Macron, followed by the Britsh Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Now, the crown Prince of Britain is on hand to see Buhari.
Announcing his coming, Arkwright insisted that he is coming on a visit after several years. The last time was in 2006, twelve years ago. According to him, the trip is centered on conflict resolution.
“People do want to come together and if we can provide that kind of environment then hopefully, we can come up with some ideas and solutions to resolving some of these conflicts. Some of the issues like the farmers/herders crisis are deep-rooted and are about the economy, land resource, climate change and cultural issues. The Prince of Wales will be looking at the causes, talking to people who are working in this area and together, seeing if we can find solutions and move on,” he said.
Charles took over as the head of the commonwealth after the retirement of his father, who is the Queen’s consort. His mother the Queen was actually the head of the 53 member Commonwealth of Nations that Charles currently heads. He has visited 44 commonwealth countries. Carmela, however, is visiting Nigeria for the First time.
He arrives the country when the labor Unions are embarking on strikes based on disagreements with the government over minimum wage.
Britain herself has marginally increased the pay to assuage the effects of inflation. The pay rate will increase by 2.9% to £9 an hour across Britain and by 3.4% to £10.55 in London.