General Muhammadu Buhari Cancels Us Trip

January 25, 2015 3:41 am

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC),
(retd), has shelved a scheduled visit to the
United States to discuss the forthcoming elections, ostensibly because
of a hectic campaign itinerary at home.

There had been widespread insinuations in the local media that Buhari was heading to the US on medical grounds.

The United States-based Center for Strategic and International Studies,
CSIS, which invited Buhari to its programme scheduled for Monday, told
Premium Times in an email exchange that the event has now been called
off at Buhari’s instance.

The organisation’s Director of African Programme, Jennifer Cooke, told
the online platform that the cancellation of the event was due to
“a change in his (Buhari) schedule.”

“First, I want to make you aware that, because of a change in his
schedule, Gen Buhari will not be travelling to the United States, and
the event on Monday has been cancelled,” she said.

Cooke added that “the CSIS Africa Program issued almost identical
invitations to both leading political candidates (President Jonathan and
Gen. Buhari) to share their perspectives on ’s forthcoming
elections and Nigeria’s future more broadly. There is considerable
interest among U.S. policymakers and the Nigerian Diaspora community in
the February 14 elections, and an interest in hearing from both
candidates first hand their thoughts on how best to ensure that the
elections will be free, fair, credible, and peaceful”.

Cooke also said that “the Africa Program has no position on which candidate should or will be successful.” 

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