Former US President, Bill Clinton, has cancelled his planned trip to Nigeria ahead of Saturday’s general elections, saying the visit could be “politicized.”
Clinton was scheduled to visit the capital, Abuja this week alongside Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. The planned trip was facilitated by the Kofi Annan Foundation and the National Peace Committee (NPC).
Angel Ureña, Clinton’s spokesman, said in a statement that various conversations held with different stakeholders in the last last several days, indicated that the 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,” the statement said.
Clinton, according to the statement, would continue to support the NPC ‘s work towards peaceful and fair elections in Nigeria. He had been set to deliver a keynote speech at a ceremony for the signing of a peace accord by presidential candidates
The NPC, in an earlier statement announcing Clinton’s visit, said it reached out to him and others to ensure peaceful elections and a non-violent transfer of power in the West African nation.