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2019: American ex-President Clinton cancels visit to Nigeria, gives reasons
Feb 11, 2019
By: Amarachukwu Akaigwe

Bill Clinton, a former American President Bill Clinton has canceled his trip to Nigeria ahead of Saturday’s general elections, saying the visit could be “politicised,” CNN has reported.

Report has it 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, APC, 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 opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 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 traveling 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 American statesman will speak later this week with President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also reportedly expressed the desire that the outcome of the election will reflect the wishes of Nigerians.

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