Prince Charles' trip to Nigeria rescheduled with plans to visit Jos are dropped due to security fears

PRINCE Charles has rescheduled his Nigerian itinerary and dropped plans to visit Jos this week after increased violence in the Plateau State capital forced him to cancel a trip to the embattled city.


Later today, Prince Charles is due to arrive in Nigeria as part of an African three-day trip and his visit was originally structured to include trips to Abuja, Lagos and Jos. However, the Jos leg of the visit has been cancelled due to recent violence in the city that has seen repeated communal clashes over recent weeks.


According to Prince Charles’ office, details of the trip have been changed on the advice of the British Government. In Plateau State, violence between Muslim and Christians has been raging for years and despite this, until yesterday, Clarence House, Prince Charles' office still planned to continue with his visit there.


However, it appears that after the latest review of the security situation, it has been decided that it is unsafe to continue with the trip. According to the British High Commission in Abuja, the Nigerian government had taken additional security precautions that had impacted on the royal tour arrangements.


Much of Prince Charles’ programme on Thursday has been rearranged in the capital, Abuja, so he will no longer be visiting Jos. During the visit, Prince Charles intends to address the vexed issue of Fulani cattle herdsmen as part of an ongoing plan to enhance peace initiatives across the country.