Presidency Denies Bill Gates Cancelled Visit To Nigeria Over Alams Pardon


The Presidency on Monday denied reports making the rounds that the planned visit of United States billionaire and philanthropist – Bill Gates – to Nigeria scheduled for March 27 was cancelled because of the US opposition to DSP Alamieyeseigha’s pardon.

Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati made this known in an interactive session with State House correspondents in Abuja.

Abati said contrary to the reports, his interaction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation showed that the planned visit was put off because of the unavailability of some partners.

Abati said, “The foundation said that Mr. Bill Gates’ travels are often dependent on the schedules and availability of many other people and partners and that in this particular case, because these other people and partners will not be available at the time he is presently scheduled to visit Nigeria, they have to reschedule the visit.”