"Mr. Gates was due in Nigeria March 27 and 28 to
meet President Goodluck Jonathan, state
governors and officials of the Federal Ministry of
Health concerning the aggressive polio
eradication campaign his Bill and Melinda

Foundation is undertaking in the country. That trip, authoritative diplomatic sources said,
has now been cancelled, two days after the U.S.
government expressed disappointment with its
Nigerian counterpart for pardoning convicted
money launderers and warned it might cut aid
meant for the country. “I can confirm to you that Mr. Gates won’t be
coming as scheduled,” one of our sources told
PREMIUM TIMES Monday morning. “The body
language of Washington D.C. does not support his
travelling to Nigeria. The thinking here is that the
Nigerian government has high tolerance level for corruption and should be ostracized in all ways
possible.” Our sources said Mr. Gates has already instructed
his staff to inform the Nigerian presidency, the
secretariat of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and
the Federal Ministry of Health that he was no
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