Former United States of America’s (USA) President Bill Clinton will not be
in Abuja on Wednesday for the second National Peace Accord signing ahead
of the general elections.
Clinton, according to the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar led Peace Accord
committee was expected to deliver a keynote address at the event slated
for the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja.
Clinton, the committee said, was expected to hold meetings with President
Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar aimed at nipping
threats of unrest in the bud.
But a statement by Clinton’s spokesman Angel Ureña regretted the former
President’s visit might be politicised in a way that is not in line with
the goals of the committee.
The statement said: “President Clinton appreciates General Abdulsalami
Abubakar and the Nigerian National Peace Committee’s invitation to travel
“He is incredibly supportive and respectful of the committee’s efforts, of
the election process, and of the work being done to try to ensure a
peaceful, free, fair, and transparent outcome.
“This is a crucial time in Nigeria, and President Clinton is hopeful that
the election’s outcome reflects the will of the Nigerian people.
“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.
“He looks forward to talking to both candidates and General Abubarkar this