Former United States President, Bill Clinton on Monday, February 11, cancelled his scheduled trip to Nigeria which was facilitated by the National Peace Committee to deliver a goodwill message at the signing ceremony of the National Peace Accord in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The visit which was billed for February 12 to 13, was extended to Clinton and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland in furtherance of a peaceful February 16 presidential election in Nigeria where the duo was to deliver goodwill messages at the signing ceremony of the Peace Accord.
According to a statement made available by Clinton’s spokesperson, Angel Ureña and published on CNN official website, “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.”
The statement however said Clinton would continue to support the NPC’s work toward peaceful and fair elections in Nigeria.