The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, has met with some traditional leaders in Nigeria to discuss, among other issues, peace and security and the need to educate the girl-child.

Prince Charles received the traditional rulers in Abuja on Monday during a visit to Nigeria, as part of the final leg of an eight-day tour to three West African countries.

The prince and his wife, Princess Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who are visiting together, were in The Gambia and Ghana earlier.

The British High Commission in Nigeria said that the traditional leaders representing Nigeria’s diverse regions and the Prince of Wales talked about tackling the challenges facing Nigeria - from countering extremism to improving education and rights for girls and women.

Speaking with reporters after a closed-door meeting, the Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi II, said the prince gave a brief summary of discussions held with President Muhammadu Buhari on a range of issues from climate change to demographic explosion.

One takeaway from the meeting for Sanusi is that the proper education of the girl-child would address the issue of demographics in Nigeria.

"We talked about town planning. Now, take the north for example: We have had a huge demographic explosion in the last 40 to 50 years but we have not yet changed the way we build our houses.

"So every time there is pressure for housing, the government takes over farmlands. Very soon we will not have enough farmland to feed Kano and we are not going to have grazing routes.

"We have got to start thinking how we could build vertically so that more families live on one plot, we free up the land, improve the yield on agriculture and begin to confront some of these challenges of demographics.

"Educating the girl child basically kills so many birds with one stone.

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"We had a conversation around that and the whole idea is how to work with the British Government in dealing with these issues and see how we can learn from each other’s experience," the Emir Sanusi said.

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The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Ewuare II, also told reporters that the issues of human trafficking and youth empowerment were discussed.

"I made my commitments," he added.

The seven traditional leaders received by Prince Charles are the Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe; Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.

Others are the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Ewuare II; Shehu of Borno, Gabai El-Kanemi; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III.

Prince Charles and Princess Camilla would visit Lagos on Wednesday, where they will engage the business community on a wide range of businesses, trade and investment Nigeria and the United Kingdom could partner in.

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