Clinton's visit to Nigeria

Lou Paulsen wwchi at
Mon Aug 7 16:24:03 MDT 2000

The following article from the Nigerian press was forwarded to a list with
the subject heading "Bill Clinton No Wan Die in Nigeria"  (which is
colloquial Nigerian speech):

Monday August 7, 2000
‘No Nigerian armed security men near Clinton’
By Eze Anaba, Jide Ajani & Bukola Ojeme

ABUJA — AS part of preparations for the visit of United States
President, Bill Clinton, no armed Nigerian security men would be
allowed near him during his visit.

Sources said that no room would be given for a mishap.

Already two US Air Force jets, marked Air Force 9438009 and RS271
loaded with security equipment and men suspected to be security men
have landed at the Abuja international airport.

The two US Air Force planes reportedly touched down at the Nnamdi
Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in the early hours of Friday,
August 4. On board the jets were men numbering about 50.

Scores of American security officials have arrived Nigeria in
preparation for the visit.

Investigations weekend revealed that highbrow NICON Noga Hotel in Abuja
is already swarming with American security officials.

A source said it is standard operational procedure for American
security men to take charge of security whenever Clinton visits any
developing country.

The visit of the American President has generated a lot of interest in
Nigeria. President Olusegun Obasanjo in a chat with media executives
said Clinton’s visit will result in debt relief for the country.

According to the President, America has increased its assistance to
Nigeria from $6 million to $109 million since the inception of this

May not visit Port Harcourt
Meanwhile, there are indications that President Clinton may not go to
Port Harcourt during his visit to Nigeria later this month, following
last week’s hostage taking of 165 oil workers in Bayelsa State.

Sources close to the joint Nigerian/American Security Committee on
Clinton’s visit told Vanguard that the situation in the Delta area was
still being monitored, adding that an enhanced security environment was
being pursued to avoid any unwholesome development.

Although sources hinted that the recent hostage-taking did not occur in
Port Harcourt, there are worries, "especially from the American members
of the team that some Ijaw youths or some other disgruntled elements
may want to use the opportunity of Clinton’s visit to cause an
unwholesome situation."

Sources further said there were some security-scenario-analysis going

One of such, is the "possibility of a hostage-taking situation with
some Europeans as hostages, with a request by the hostage takers for
some members of President Clinton’s visiting team as mediators."

Another scenario-analysis disclosed to Vanguard is "a situation whereby
a band of agitators from other parts of the Delta area are, while being
prevented from demonstrating, are beaten and dehumanised. This would be
a global embarrassment to the American President who would be
insinuated into any such ugly incident as such would have been done in
order to prevent people from disrupting his visit."

A third, it was further gathered, is "a situation whereby a public
demonstration could be staged successfully."

However, Vanguard also gathered that moves were on to ensure that
President Clinton does not remove Port Harcourt from his schedule.

The American President is expected to visit Nigeria from August 25 to


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