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    VIDEO: IBB Authorised The Statement I Issued – Spokesperson

    Kassim Afegbua. file photo
    SPOKESMAN of former military President Ibrahim Babaginda said the statement he issued earlier on Sunday was endorsed by Babangida. 

    Kassim Afegbua said this when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television Programme Sunday Politics.

    “I have been doing this job for 13 years now. I have never issued a statement on behalf of General Babangida and it gets a rebuttal.

    “I extracted a commitment from him (Babangida) before I issued that statement. The former military president authorised the statement I issued. I didn’t just put out the statement on my own.”

    The Former Military President on Sunday, January 4 distanced himself from the statement credited to him and signed by his media aide, Mr Kassim Afegbua.
    Babaginda in his rebuttal said the views expressed in the statement are not his 
    views but that of the writer.

    Afegbua in the interview on Politics Today, however, said that the former President’s ‘friends’ and ‘supporters’ who loved him more than he loves himself felt the first statement pitched the former President against the President Muhammadu Buhari.

    “You know, IBB is for everyone, so people want to love him more than he loves himself, people want to appreciate him more than he appreciates himself, people want to play the role of IBB.

    “So, when the statement came on board, and when some of his friends saw the twist and how the social media sensationalise it, they felt we were trying to put the former president on a collision course with the President. So, to that extent, they went and did a statement to deny that.”
    Afegbua said further that Babangida in a telephone conversation assured that the statement stands and that it is not a figment of his imagination but a communication that emanates from Babangida.

    “But I have since spoken to him; he called me and said, that statement stands. The kernel of that statement should inform public discourse and not necessarily people personalising it as if it were to be against the sitting president.

    “So, the statement stands and I have since communicated to all the media houses that they should respect that statement as coming from IBB. It did not emanate from my head. We sat down, we discussed and articulated them,” he said.

    “General Babangida wants a new side of leadership, from the younger generation of Nigerians who in his own views have the resourcefulness, the energy and capacity to manage governmental affairs.

    “He is not personalizing his statement against the incumbent president. But he is saying, as a stakeholder and a concerned Nigerian, that he shares in the aspirations of the people" (Channels TV)

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