A son of Nigeria’s former military head of State, Mohammed Babangida has via another media aide discredited the viral statement released by Kassim Afegbua on behalf of the former head of State, Ibrahim Babangida.
Mohammed stated the statement personally signed by the former military president is his true position on the state of the nation.
He said Gen. Babangida would not issue a statement without reading through it thoroughly to ensure that it represents his opinion.
He said Afeghua was not authorized to issue that statement purportedly on behalf of Gen. Babangida.
He said Afegbua was told to withdraw it but he declined and instead insisted it was authentic.
Mohammed stated unequivocally that the statement released by Mahmud Abdullahi, as reproduced below is the authentic statement from his father.
The statement said: “Recent happenings and utterances by political gladiators are alarming and not in the interest of common man that is already overstretched and apparently living from hand to mouth due to precarious economic conditions.
”Despite all these challenges, I am optimistic that the political actors will play within the ambits of political norms and decorum to ameliorate the problems facing our society now.
”I am a realist that believes in all issues in a democratic atmosphere are sincerely discussed and resolved in the spirit of give-and-take.
“Since after my military years that metamorphosed to being the only Military President in the history of Nigeria and my civilian life, I always have one clear objective that freedom can only be achieved through democracy.
”Some people find this freedom as an avenue for eroding democracy by antics of hate speeches under the guise of religion, tribal or self-imposed mentorship. This trend of pitching political class and the people against one another is unhealthy and must be discouraged by all and sundry.
”The clamor for re-alignment of governance in the country as we are approaching the 2019 election year is a welcome development only if the agitations are genuinely channeled through appropriate channels of law and order and the observance of the supremacy of the Constitution.
“Therefore, any attempt outside this circle of democratic tenets is deceptive and divisive idea capable of plunging our political journey into disarray.”
He cautioned against hate speeches and divisive statements by political gladiators.
Babangida added: “However, with due respect to individual opinion and constitutional rights, it is worrisome that political events and civil unrest in many parts of the country have raised many questions on the governance and unity of our great nation.
“Indeed 2018 has been inundated with political clamors and hot debates over the corporate existence of this country.
“Many of contributions, including constructive criticisms and engagements, have shown greater concerns for the corporate existence of Nigeria beyond 2019 general elections.”
Babangida insisted on a two-party structure for the country.
He added: “Our present political parties and their structures need parameter pillars that will make them stronger with unique ideologies. However, our present political parties need surgical operations that will align them with a reasonable number.
“ I have been an advocate of a two-party system but in our present reality in Nigeria, our political parties can fuse into a strong political association or party that can form a formidable opposition to a ruling party.
”As students of history, we are aware that many advanced democracies have two distinct ideological political parties, with a handful of smaller political groupings that serve as buffer whenever any of the known political parties derailed or became unpopular. I still believe in a two-party system as the best option for Nigeria.
”It is high time that we engage in constructive dialogue on national issues in order to have a political solution to our myriad of problems. It is sad that Nigeria had its fair share of conflicts, and we cannot continue to fall back to those dark years of bloodshed.”