Former US President, Bill Clinton,has canceled his trip to Nigeria ahead of Saturday’s general elections, saying the visit could be politicized.
He was scheduled to visit 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).
“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,” Clinton’s spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement. Clinton, according to the statement, would continue to support the NPC ‘s work toward peaceful and fair elections in Nigeria.
Clinton will speak later this week with President Muhammadu Buhari, who is standing for re-election, and his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, his spokesman said.