I didn’t authorise any statement against Jonathan – Afegbua

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Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs to the Edo State, Prince  Kassim Afegbua, has described reports purporting that he had written a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan cautioning him about worrisome developments in the country as an an outright blackmail.

In a statement signed by  Afegbua, and made available to Saturday Vanguard, it states: “My attention has just been drawn to a news story and statement purportedly credited to me with a blaring headline “Your Aides are misleading you; IBB warns Jonathan” published in, an online publication. To state the least, this is outright blackmail journalism and a sad commentary on journalism practice; a profession that I hold dear to my heart.

“I wish to state unequivocally that I am currently working in Edo State as a Special Adviser to the Comrade Governor on Media and Public Affairs, a position which was expressly endorsed by my boss-for-life, General IBB. Let me also state without mincing words that I did not issue the said statement that is flying around the social media on behalf of IBB.

Let me also declare with all the emphasis at my disposal that General IBB did not authorize anyone to issue any statement on his behalf let alone crediting same odious statement to me; Prince Kassim Afegbua. Even though General IBB has not officially appointed a Media Spokesman since I left, my acceptance of the offer of Special Adviser by my Governor automatically removes me from being General IBB’s Spokesman, a position I so cherished and a personality I so admire.”

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