Babangida authorised the statement I issued, says spokesman

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The president "ordered that all 'procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007, '" said the presidency in a statement circulated on Monday. "We need to begin the process of restructuring both in the letter and spirit of it".

The former dictator, who ruled Nigeria from 1985 to 1993, said this while speaking exclusively to ThisDay Newspaper.

The statement said Babangida expressed shock over the killings in some states especially Benue, which he described as a pogrom. But the former Nigerian leader, in another statement signed by him, noted that he had easy access to the president and that where necessary, he would speak to him in camera, not resorting to open letter.

"The IGP has ordered for the arrest of Kassim Afegbua for issuing a fake statement".

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.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement.

Banagida added, "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".

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According to him, the clamour for re-alignment of governance in the country as "we are approaching 2019 election year is a welcome development".

He had said, "I get perplexed by their gory themes".

Okorocha, while addressing reporters in Owerri, the Imo State capital yesterday, told the President to take a dignified stand by replying the statement personally.

However, Afegbua insisted on Sunday evening that the statement he issued was approved by his boss.

He maintained that Babangida called him after seeing the second statement and affirmed that the first statement still stand.

Afegbua hinted that when the first statement was released, some of Babangida's friends saw it and felt the statement will put the former president on a collision course with the president. It was overzealous people that issued that statement of his denial.

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