The Harry-Meghan Royal Wedding: Lessons for our Dignitaries, by Amb Joe Keshi
I have on many occasions suggested that if people do not know what to do, they should watch television.
Some have taken my advice and they have expressed surprise at what they learnt over a period of time.
While the Harry-Meghan Royal wedding was being beamed to the world on Satelite TV, I was watching. l sincerely hope our Governors, their wives, and aides, State Chiefs of Protocol, Chief Security officers and their men and women, protocol officials across the federation, security chiefs and bouncers, event planners and anybody associated with planning events in this country watched the Royal Wedding on television.
More than an hour to the commencement, guests were already arriving and being ushered in with dignity and respect. The VIPs did not show up with their aids struggling to sit directly behind them . All seats have numbers and names on them.
No protocol or security officers running around aimlessly or looking confused. Every one involved knew exactly what to do and where to stay. Did you see the arrival of a former Prime minister and the distance he walked to the church. That’s what our VIPs hate to do. If you allow them, they would be driven into the church and carried to their seats.
If you are not too busy, just re-watch the video clips for a while and see how a disciplined society and people behave. If you are a friend or an associate to any of the officials mentioned above please send this to him/ her and encourage them to watch the Royal Wedding.
Encourage them to pay attention to the humility, the dignity, respect and discipline of both the system, practice and those attending.
Who can quarrel or not admire the chronological order of the whole event, from the timely arrival of the guests, the royal family including her majesty.
Did you see the way the Queen arrived and departed the church after the service. Did you notice that the ADCs/ CSOs of the Oueen, the Duke, the two princes were no where to be seen nor will you see their faces in any photograph, but they were there.
Did you notice that at no time was HRM recognised or mentioned even during the beautiful sermon and the fact that she sat in the second row.
It was simply because it was not her day or event but her grandchildren and they made sure it was all about the prince and his charming Duchess. In our clime, parents these days make it more their day.
What we witnessed today was protocol at its best. We saw how nations work and among others, it involves discipline respect, humility and dignity.
Amb Joe Keshi was former Consul General of Nigeria in Atlanta and former Perm Sec Min of Foreign Affairs.