Presidency says Bill Gate’s visit not cancelled because of Alamieyeseigha’s pardon

Bill Gate at a meeting with Jonathan

President’s spokesman, Reuben Abati refuted the reports and warned against those trying to pull the country down.

The presidency has said the cancellation of Bill Gates‘ visit to Nigeria is not linked to the state pardon granted former Bayelsa Governor, DSP Alamieyeseigha, and six other ex-convicts.

It also stated that the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation has equally denied that their visit was cancelled following the Nigerian president’s decision on the state pardon.

Special Adviser to the President, Reuben Abati, in a statement on Monday night said he had been in touch with the foundation, who denied the reports. He also alleged that there were people looking for opportunities to pull down Nigeria.

“What we will like to reassure people is that those who are always looking for opportunity to pull down the country should realise the fact that this country belongs to all of us and that nobody will gain anything by trying to pull down the country. Instead, Nigerians should do everything possible to promote their own country regardless of whatever differences that may exist among us: ethnic, religious, sectarian, whatever,” he stated.

Refuting the report, Mr. Abati said, “I have read the report in some sections of the media insinuating that Mr. Bill Gates has cancelled his planned visit to Nigeria because of the recent pardon granted some Nigerians. I am in touch with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and I can say that this report is not true and that it exists only in the imagination of the writers.

“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.

“They also said the rescheduling has nothing to do with politics and it has nothing to do with any domestic situation in Nigeria. That Mr. Gates has visited Nigeria many times in the past and he will continue to visit Nigeria because his focus is working with Nigerian government and partners in Nigeria to eradicate polio.

“Nigerians should note that President Jonathan and Mr. Bill Gates have met several times in the past and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the major partners working with Nigerian government to ensure that polio is completely eradicated by 2015.”

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported the cancellation of the trip by the American billionaire two days after the U.S. Government expressed dissatisfaction over the pardon granted Messrs Alamieyeseigha and Bulama, two convicted fraudsters, by the Jonathan administration.


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  • Indi Obong

    At last Reuben Abati found his voice after hiding from the public while his master was busy granting pardon to rapists and criminals. In good time we will also know who wants to pull down this country, Mr. Abati–the conscience of fraud and falsehood.

  • Dauda Adamu

    Obviously, Mr. Abati expects the Gates Foundation to say they cancelled the trip because of the pardon? I thought someone said this dude was once a journalist.

    • Abuhanifah

      Yes, he used to be a journalist; but now a politician. That is why every politician thinks an average Nigerian has a price – give him petro-dollars and he transmutes overnight. We must conscientise ourselves to live above ephemeral gains as seen in our polity today.

  • igbiki

    Mr Bill Gates’ driver, house boy, body gaurd, neighbour, protocol officer all have cholera.

    Thats why he canceled his trip to Nigeria, he’d come over whenever they get better.

  • Mamman Bako

    Then it is the bad luck of this Goodluck government that has cased Mr. Gates trip to Nigeria to be cancelled. Yeye man Abati.

  • Ayemi

    Which country are people working to pull down? The country that Jonathan and his cohorts ( Reuben among) had already pulled down. Rueben Abati, are you so dump and senseless not to know that the trip was cancelled as a result of what Jonathan called presidential pardon? Why did you allow money to eat the good part of your brain off? eh!!! But you were once a journalist!!! What a shame!!!

    • Papa Ayemi, are u in your right frame of mind or u just penned the comment from your hospital bed? I have over the years been examining the 9ja question-and have come to the conclusion that we are just wasting time with each other-because of the oil wells– U mean Nigeria was destroyed by Rueben Abati and Jonathan-what about IBB who was there for 8yrs-OBJ 8 YRS=16+6 4-Abacha -22yrs! So show us their achievements-are we not still struggling to have constant light-good roads and schools-what about the fight against corruption? Which saw only Alams in Jail-where are the remaining 31 thieves? In Cambodia? The south south produced 55 trillion for the nation state of 9ja since 1958-Yet have nothing to show for it–The Wazobians just fooled around with the money-now busy playing the tribal blame game on Jonathan-He is now referred to as clueless–dumbo–monkey- dat should be caged in a zoo–but when u plead with the same confused regional voices to allow the SS go-they plead 4 forgiveness–(I beg make una no go now! We go die finish ooh)-that is what u hear dem say! if buhari was that good, IBB would never have sacked him and opened d dungeon where he detained Tai Solarin among others 4 d world to see-the story is not about PDP-what concerns d tripod is how to get rid of ijaw man Jonathan that is what is troubling the boko haram soul of buhari and tinubu-again PT should not be proud of being associated with a fake story that Rueben refuted–although the response by him was belated-Bill Gate did not concel his trip to 9ja when Boko Haram killed 11 nurses over the Polio vaccination scheme-and 2 filipino doctors-is it Alams dat should worry him