By Adeoye Michael
Former US president, Bill Clinton has canceled his trip Nigeria. The trip which was aimed at witnessing the signing of peace accord between President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has also been cancelled.
This was made know through a statement released on Monday by Clinton’s spokesperson Angel Ureña.
He said the that Bill Clinton’s visit to Nigeria might be politicised in a way that is not in line with the goals of the National Peace Committee (NPC) led by Abdulsalami Abubakar.
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 Abubarkar this week.”
Meanwhile, Baroness Patricia Scotland, secretary-general of the Commonwealth, was also billed to attend the event.