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EX-president of USA, Bill Clinton cancels trip to Nigeria

Bill Clinton cancels trip to Nigeria

The former U.S President Bill Clinton has cancelled his scheduled visit to Nigeria, but would speak with the contenders in the Feb. 16 presidential election.

The  spokesperson to Clinton, Angel Ureña, state that the former president would, however, speak with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidential candidate of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) later in the week.

Ureña said the trip was called off because it could be “politicized.”

According to NAN report, Clinton 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 obvious 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 travelling to Abuja,” Clinton’s spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement.

Clinton would continue to support the NPC ‘s work toward peaceful and fair elections in Nigeria, Ureha said.

He was billed to deliver a keynote at a ceremony for the signing of a peace accord by presidential candidates.
The cancellation of the trip was confirmed by CNN on its twitter handle.

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