Former President of the United State of America, Bill Clinton has called off his proposed trip to Nigeria for the Peace Accord between President Muhammadu Buhari & his main opposition Atiku Abubakar on the grounds that he runs the risk of having the visit politicized.
Clinton and Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland had been named dignitaries for the signing of the National Peace Accord which is slated to take place in Abuja at the International Conference Centre on Wednesday, the 13th of February.
The spokesperson for Bill Clinton, Angel Ureña said in a statement on Monday;
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.