Nigeria’s former Head of State, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida took the nation by storm Sunday afternoon through his official spokesman, Kassim Afegbua, supporting Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari against seeking reelection. IBB also warned of looming civil war due to the way he said the herdsmen crisis was being handled.
About two hours after that, another statement personally signed by him was issued disowning the first statement.
Sources close to the Babangida family told an online newspaper thus: “One of the retired soldier’s sons released that statement on behalf of IBB after convincing the statesman that it was wrong to have come out openly against Buhari, reminding him of the persecution he suffered in the hands of former President Olusegun Obasanjo when he (son) was detained by the EFCC in the run up to the 2007 presidential election following IBB’s bid to contest.
“However, few minutes after the rebuttal was issued and the chaos that ensued, it was gathered that Babangida was pressured to do another U-turn by some of his influential colleagues in the retired military brass who are plotting a civilian coup to stop Buhari from seeking reelection, and if that fails ensure he is defeated in the 2019 general election.”
By evening of same Sunday, Mr. Afegbua was on Channels television insisting that IBB actually did authorize the first statement, the rebuttal and U-turn. He added that he had no information on the identity of the person that issued the rebuttal. He apologized for the mix up.