Following the denial of the public statement by former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, which he said are personal views of his media aide Prince Kassim Afegbua, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has reportedly ordered the arrest of IBB’s media aide.
A source in the Presidency who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that a warrant of arrest was issued last night, said IBB’s media aide will be arrested for issuing a fake statement. However Kassim Afegbua who was on Channels TV last night, maintained that the former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida gave him the permission to release the statement. He went further to disclose that Babangida countered the second statement, as the first stands.
Prince Kassim Afegbua has however been adviced to submit himself to the force headquarters within 24 hours, or face arrest.
Excerpts from the statement read;
“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.”