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Controversy: IBB Causes More Confusion, Says ‘Original Statement Stands’

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In what appears to be the latest twist in the season of letter writing by eminent Nigerians, former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, has spoken on the purported controversial statement issued on his behalf on Sunday.

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According to ThisDay, the former military general, in a chat with the newspaper, said the “original statement stands.”

However, he did not specify which of the statements appended in his name was the “original statement”, thereby creating more confusion for Nigerians. Babangida’s explanation, however, seems to confirm the authenticity of the statement issued on his behalf by his long-time spokesman, Kazeem Afegbua.

Recall that on Sunday, Afegbua, a former Commissioner for Information in Edo state, issued a statement on behalf of Babangida, stating that President Muhammadu Buhari should complete his term as Nigeria’s president in 2019 and urged him to “prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country.”

However, another statement was released hours later purportedly in Babangida’s name and signed by an aide of his, Mahmud Abdullahi, disowning the earlier statement issued by Afegbua. Abdullahi’s statement quoted Babangida as saying that he had unfettered access to President Buhari and could communicate with him through other various channels of communication other than open letters.

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Babangida, according to ThisDay, said the second statement was issued by friends and when he got to know about the rebuttal, he instructed Afegbua to reaffirm the validity of the initial statement.

The elder statesman, however, was said to have expressed disaffection with the way Nigerians reacted to the contents of the initial statement. He said the initial statement was misrepresented by the Nigerian media as he did not ask President Buhari not to contest the 2019 presidential election.

Babangida’s statement on the state of the nation was issued few weeks after former President Olusegun Obasanjo also wrote a letter, asking President Buhari not to contest for the presidency in 2019.

Read Also: Obasanjo Opposes Buhari’s Second Term Ambition

It is not yet known whether the Nigeria Police Force would still maintain their stance in declaring Afegbua a wanted man after the rebuttal to Babangida’s original statement was released.

 

 

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