Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has reportedly ordered the arrest of IBB’s media aide sequel to the statement he issued on behalf Ibrahim Babangida.
The Former Military President denied the public statement issue by media aide Prince Kassim Afegbua quoted Babangida saying that President Muhammadu Buhari should not seek for reelection in 2019.
Source from the presidency said,the IGP has ordered for the arrest of Kassim Afegbua for allegedly issuing a fake statement.
The IG of police advised Afegbua to submit himself to the force headquarters within 24 hours or face arrest.
The media aide has however insisted that he had the permission of the former president to issue the statement credited to him.
The first statement linked to Ibrahim Babangida which he denied, President Buhari was advised to give up his second term ambition, and allow young leaders to take over.
“In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29th, 2019 and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country.
While offering this advice, I speak as a stakeholder, former president, concerned Nigerian and a patriot who desires to see new paradigms in our shared commitment to get this country running.
While saying this also, I do not intend to deny President Buhari his inalienable right to vote and be voted for, but there comes a time in the life of a nation, when personal ambition should not override national interest,” Bababgida stated.
He added that: “In 2019 and beyond, we should come to a national consensus that we need new breed leadership with requisite capacity to manage our diversities and jump-start a process of launching the country on the super highway of technology-driven leadership in line with the dynamics of modern governance.
It is short of saying enough of this analogue system. Let’s give way for digital leadership orientation with all the trappings of consultative, constructive, communicative, interactive and utility-driven approach where everyone has a role to play in the process of enthroning accountability and transparency in governance.”
The former military dictator issued a denial statement as read:
“Let’s me categorically state that as a former President and Statesman, I have unfettered access and channel of communication with the highest authorities in the country without necessary going public with a sensational statement. Therefore, the views expressed in the alleged statement are not mine but that of the writer,”