Clinton, Buhari in telephone conversation over Clinton’s aborted trip – Independent Observers

Clinton, Buhari in telephone conversation over Clinton’s aborted trip

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By Ayodele Ayelomi

Former President Bill Clinton of US has had a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari over his cancelled trip to Nigeria to witness the signing of peace accord by Nigerian political parties and their presidential candidates ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, said Clinton, in the telephone conversation with Buhari on Wednesday, regretted his inability to be at the event.

Adesina said during their conversation, Buhari assured Clinton of credible elections.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has appreciated former President of the United States, Bill Clinton for his continuous support for Nigeria and the growth of her democracy,” Adesina said in a statement.

“The President, who took a telephone call from President Clinton Wednesday night, described him as a friend of the country, while commending his constant support for the peace, stability and progress of Nigeria under a democratic dispensation.

“President Buhari also assured him of his commitment to free, fair and credible elections in the weeks ahead.

“President Clinton, who regretted his inability to visit the country to witness the signing of the final peace accord before the general election, wished Nigeria well as her citizens go to the poll.”

Clinton was supposed to be a special guest at the accord organised by the National Peace Committee but he pulled out of the trip on the eve of the programme, saying his visit might be politicised.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that provocative utterances of some All Progressives Congress (APC) members made the American leader cancel his trip to Nigeria. “click”

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