By Emmanuel Ogbeche
Indeed, life is full of twists and turns, bends and curves. Only a few weeks ago, Kassim Afegbua was a toast of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Afegbua, a former commissioner in Edo state under the Comrade Governor Adams Oshiomhole, could not broker any thought capable of casting the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari in bad light.
But like in all things, change happened and Afegbua, the once-upon rabid supporter and attack lynchpin of the APC found himself lampooning Buhari and the APC.
The matter came to a head when Afegbua as spokesman to former military president Ibrahim Babangida, issued a startling rebuke on Buhari.
The statement issued by Afegbua practically told Buhari to retire to Daura in 2019 as he has failed on all fronts.
No sooner had the statement hit various news portals that the police declared Afegbua wanted for inciting the public and forgery and was asked to turn himself in.
As a law abiding citizen, Afegbua turned himself in to the police who laughed over the matter given the public outcry.
But if he thought his ‘wahala’ was over, he was mistaken. The next was the State Security Service, SSS, that ordered him to report. Once again, Afegbua did. But this time, he felt the full weight of state apparatus as he was made to write a statement and surrender a whole lot more.
Leaving the SSS, Afegbua raised the alarm over alleged threat to his life since issuing that statement on behalf of his principal against President Buhari.
“Let me state at this point that my life is in danger as we speak. In the last six days, I have gone through traumatic experience when I was declared wanted by the Nigeria Police. By the strength of that unprofessional declaration, I was treated like a common criminal and fugitive until I showed up at the Police Headquarters Abuja to physically present myself. After what the Police termed a no case issue, they were apologetic and I took my leave. In the evening of that day, Wednesday 7th February, 2018 I got a phone call inviting me to the Headquarters of the Directorate of State Security (DSS).”
Now, Afegbua sings a different tune and his tale is like that of two cities.