Elections: Bill Clinton cancels visit to Nigeria, gives reason

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A former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, has stated that he will no longer travel to Nigeria to attend the signing of a peace accord between President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

The National Peace Committee, NPC, led by former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, had stated that Clinton was expected in Abuja on Wednesday to deliver an address and witness the second national peace accord signing ahead of the forthcoming elections.

Apart from delivering a goodwill message, Clinton was expected to hold meetings with Buhari and Atiku.

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, was also billed to attend the event.

But Clinton, in a statement on Monday by his spokesperson, , Angel Ureña, said the former president’s visit to the country might be politicised in a way that is not in line with the goals of the committee.

The statement reads, “President Clinton appreciates General Abdulsalami Abubakar and the Nigerian National Peace Committee’s invitation to travel to Nigeria.

“He is incredibly supportive and respectful of the committee’s efforts, of the election process, and of the work being done to try to ensure a peaceful, free, fair, and transparent outcome.

“This is a crucial time in Nigeria, and President Clinton is hopeful that the election’s outcome reflects the will of the Nigerian people.

“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 politicized in a way that is not in line with the goals of the committee. Therefore, he will not be traveling to Abuja.

“He looks forward to talking to both candidates and General Abubakar this week.”

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