The camp of Nigeria’s former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has said it stands by its earlier media release it issued to President Muhammadu Buhari. The news which went viral today in leading traditional media and blogs quoted the former Military leader telling President Buhari not to contest the 2019 elections. While Nigerians were still digesting the memo, another release came up denying the memo emanated from General Babangida.
Afegbua howeve countered the purported rebuttal.insisting that the statement earlier signed by him stands:
“Please, this is to affirm that the earlier statement issued and signed by me on behalf of General IBB stands. We regret the mix-up in a rebuttal issued to contradict the statement. The statement stands.
“My attention has been drawn to a report making rounds especially online in which I was quoted as advising Nigerians not to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming 2019 election.
Not only is the said statement untrue, it is in its entirety, an inaccurate representation of my view of the state of our dear Nation.
As a former President and an elder statesman, I have existing communication channels through which I reach out to President Muhammadu Buhari on topical issues of national importance, should there be the need so to do.
The media, both online or mainstream and indeed the unsuspecting public are advised to disregard such false reports.
Thank you and God Bless you all.
Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (Rtd) (GCON)
Former Military President Federal Republic of Nigeria
Minna, Niger state.
Kassim Afegbua however debunked the rebuttal on Channels TV Politics Today programme.
According to him, “The former military president authorised the statement I issued. I didn’t just put out the statement on my own,” he said.
Thenewsmatrics observes that the IBB “rebuttal” refers to the ex-military president at GCON (Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger), whereas Babangida actually holds the highest national honour of GCFR (Grand Commander of the Federal Republic), an award that has been bestowed on virtually all former heads of state in the post military era.