Nigerian first lady makes plea to protect children from bad influences after Meghan Markle visit

More Harrison than Hollywood, Nigeria’s first lady had a message to mothers and young women with a slight at a recent visit from the Duchess of Sussex.

“Why did Meghan come here looking for Africa?”

Earlier in May, Prince Harry and his actress wife Meghan Markle made a trip to Nigeria where they marked the tenth anniversary of the Invictus Games, she co-hosted a women’s leadership and touted DNA results that allowed her to claim the nation as “my country.”

Over the weekend, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the wife of Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, had a message of her own as part of a celebration marking the first anniversary of her husband’s administration.

“The message here is we have to salvage our children. You know, we see the way they dress. They keep forgetting that Nigeria — we are beautiful,” she was heard saying during her address. “We are not having the Met Gala. And everyone, the nakedness is just everywhere and the men are well-clothed.”

“Tell them the way it is. We don’t accept nakedness in our culture. That is not beautiful. It’s not beautiful at all,” continued Tinubu who gave particular mind to Markle. “Why did Meghan come here looking for Africa? That is something we have to take home with [us]. We know who we are. And don’t lose who you are.”

“God bless you,” the Christian leader added.

Markle’s trip through Nigeria included plunging necklines and strapless numbers as CNN reported she appeared alongside the World Trade Organization’s Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and roughly 50 women leaders of Nigerian business, culture, media and politics touting 43% Nigerian DNA.

Meanwhile, on social media, Tinubu continued her message akin to recent statements from Catholic Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker as promoted the important role women play in their homes.

“As First Lady of Nigeria, I am deeply concerned about our children losing their identity if we do not take immediate action. At an event celebrating President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s first year in office, I emphasized the importance of women as the foundation of our homes and society,” she captioned images from the event. “We must nurture our children, instill good morals, and preserve our cultural values.”

“Today, we honor women who have significantly contributed to our nation’s development. Every woman, regardless of age, is a mother, a nurturer, and a builder,” continued Tinubu. “Without intervention, our society risks losing its identity.”

“I urge all women to be unifying forces in their homes and communities, drawing inspiration from the pioneering women who paved the way. Let’s support and pray for President Tinubu and work towards a prosperous Nigeria, our ‘Eldorado,'” she went on before concluding, “Thank you to all the mothers for your love, strength, and sacrifices. Together, we can achieve great things for our nation. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

She was also heard saying during her speech, “When mothers stand with you, the house is in order.”

“Looking ahead, we must endeavor to become the unifying force in our homes and our communities, to bring about greater prosperity for our nation.”

Kevin Haggerty

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