Former US President Bill Clinton has cancelled his proposed trip to Nigeria ahead of Saturday’s general elections.
According to CNN, Clinton said the visit could be “politicised.”
DD had earlier reported that the 42nd President of the United States of America and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, had been named dignitaries for the goodwill messages at the signing of a National Peace Accord scheduled to take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Wednesday, February 13.
Clinton had called off his own participation, citing fear that his presence might be politicised.
The ruling All Progressives Congress had earlier on Monday accused the United States Ambassador, Stuart Symington; and other western ambassadors of partiality and tacit support for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
Clinton and Scotland’s planned trips were facilitated by the Kofi Annan Foundation and the National Peace Committee.
A press release signed by Clinton’s spokesman, Angel Ureña, states, “Over the course of the last several days, and after various conversations with the different stakeholders, it’s become apparent that President Clinton’s visit to Nigeria has the potential to be politicised in a way that is not in line with the goals of the committee.
“Therefore, he will not be travelling to Abuja.”
The ex-president Clinton reportedly promised to continue to support the NPC ‘s work toward peaceful and fair elections in Nigeria.
The statement added that the ex-US President will speak later this week with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Also, he reportedly expressed the desire that the outcome of the election will reflect the wishes of Nigerians.
Reacting to the news, Publisher of Ovation International Magazine, Dele Momodu, said the former US President must have been told it is no longer safe to visit Nigeria as the gladiators are hell bent on fighting to finish.
Quoting the story, he wrote: “That’s serious; he must have been told it is no longer safe to visit Nigeria as these gladiators are hell bent on fighting to finish…”
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