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.
Clinton had been named one of the dignitaries to deliver goodwill messages at the signing of a National Peace Accord scheduled to take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
The planned trip was facilitated by the Kofi Annan Foundation and the National Peace Committee (NPC).
According to CNN, a press release signed by his spokesman Angel Ureña, read: “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 statement also noted that he will speak later during the week with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He will, however, speak with President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is standing for re-election, and his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the statement added.