By Ayo Kehinde
Kassim Afegbua, spokesman of ex-Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, rtd has been declared wanted by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, after he failed to answer a summons to clarify the statement he issued on behalf of the former head of state asking President Muhammad Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019 because his administration has failed Nigerians.
The police said Afegbua was declared wanted after the expiration of the 24 hour deadline given to him to report to the police.
Force Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, confirmed this in an interview. He said that Afegbua, has been declared wanted after he failed to show up at the police force headquarters in Abuja.
Jimoh, who said Afegbua has been declared wanted for spreading false news, said “Yes the IGP, ordered for his arrest for making false statement, spreading falsehood, defamation of character and act capable of inciting public disturbance.
“We have declared him wanted and he should report to the police for giving false statement and acts capable of inciting inciting public disturbance.”
Afegbua has however stated that he spoke IBB’s mind in the statement and maintained that IBB even called him to say he stands by the first statement
He said; “He has called me to say that the statement still stands,” he said.
“Of course, you know IBB is for everyone. 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 was released, some of his friends saw it and they felt we were trying to put the former president on a collision course with the president. So, they went and did a statement to deny that.
“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.
“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 personalising 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.”