Former president of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, has cancelled his scheduled trip to Nigeria, saying that it could be “politicised”.
Clinton had been named one of the dignitaries to deliver goodwill messages at the signing of a National Peace Accord scheduled to take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
He was scheduled to visit Abuja this week, alongside Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
According to CNN, a press release signed by his spokesman Angel Ureña, read: “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 politicised in a way that is not in line with the goals of the Committee. Therefore, he will not be travelling to Abuja.”
The statement also noted that he will speak later during the week with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The scheduled trip was facilitated by the Kofi Annan Foundation and the National Peace Committee.
Publisher of Ovation and PDP supporter, Dele Momodu claimed that Clinton must have been informed of the “gladiators” who are “hell bent on fighting to finish”.
Quoting the story, he wrote: “That’s serious; he must have been told it is no longer safe to visit Nigeria as these gladiators are hell bent on fighting to finish…”