According to latest reports made available to gistmaniac, it has been gathered that the former US President, Bill Clinton has cancelled his trip to Nigeria ahead of Saturday’s presidential elections.
It can be recalled that the former US president was scheduled to visit Nigeria this week, alongside Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. The scheduled trip was facilitated by the Kofi Annan Foundation and the National Peace Committee (NPC).
Reason for the cancellation of the trip was revealed in a statement signed by Clinton’s spokesman, Angel Urena, he said that Clinton’s visit could be “politicized”.
“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 read.
The former US president had been set to deliver a keynote speech at a ceremony, for the signing of a peace accord by presidential candidates. This is coming after several threats coming from various corners of the Nigerian Political space concerning foreign intervention in the forthcoming 2019 general elections Especially the one made by Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai who threatened that foreigners that look to intervene in Nigeria’s forthcoming election will leave in “body bags”.
Speaking on National Television Authority’s program last week, El-Rufai said Nigeria is an independent country and doesn’t need foreigners telling her what to do. In his words he said “Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission has reacted to the controversial comment made by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state wherein he threatened that foreigners who interfere in Nigeria’s elections “would go back in body bags” by distancing itself from the threat made by the governor assuring the safety of foreigners in the forthcoming elections.
Based on the heated political atmosphere, it is speculated that Clinton might have been told that Nigeria is not safe at the moment which led to the cancellation of his visit.