Statement on Buhari: What Babangida wanted Nigerians to know – Afegbua


Kassim Afegbua, spokesman to former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, has lamented that content of IBB’s statement on President Muhammadu Buhari was overshadowed by controversies, including his arrest.

He stated that his principal’s intention was to call the attention of Nigerians to burning national matters such as creation of state police, insecurity, governance among others.

The media consultant said it was sad that authorities distracted many Nigerians and did not allow them digest several issues raised in the statement.

“We spoke about state police, we spoke about insecurity in the country, we spoke about the need for new generation leadership, we spoke about leadership dynamism”, he told Vanguard.

“We spoke about a number of issues that the former Head of State touched on but rather than allow Nigerians to absorb the message and deal with what is necessary, the harassment of my humble self took away the shine from that message.

“I had an option to shun the police invitation when I sensed it was not in good faith, but as a law abiding citizen, I needed to show appearance when I was declared wanted and of course, I also took the necessary legal steps to redeem my image and person.

“They discovered that at the end of the day it was pointless inviting me and the brouhaha created by the statement took the shine off the contents of that statement. This is our country, we have nowhere else to go.

“We are stakeholders in the democratic process, we are participants and for me, I will remain resolute in being part and parcel of the power process and I do not have any apology for being part and parcel of the democratic process because through that you can enthrone credible leadership.

“My case is still in court and my lawyer is still waiting for the case to be assigned, so that I will know the necessary action to take.”

Recall that Afegbua recently cried out that his life was in danger.

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