A section of the country’s grapevines, responsible for the dissemination of ‘spurious’ reports that the former Military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida was dead, are currently reticent following his arrival on Friday at Minna International airport after a three-week trip to Germany for medical treatment.
Last week, reports had been purveyed on social media that Babangida – who is recovering after a corrective surgery recently as a result of radiculopathy disease – was dead.
Clad in a black caftan and black cap to match, the former military president, who arrived the Minna Airport on Friday at about 3:30pm, was received by friends and well-wishers.
Upon his arrival, Governor Sani Bello of Niger state, who welcomed him, said that the country was still in need of his wise counsel at this critical period.
He said: Despite unfounded rumour about the life of our national icon, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, we are grateful that it pleases Allah (SWT) to preserve his life and bring him back safely and healthier to continue in the good work of nation building.
General Ibrahim Babangida remains one of the few leaders in this country that we still need around to tap from their wealth of experience and knowledge and we are grateful he is back and kicking like the old soldier he is.
Your safe return has finally put a lie to the rumour and the evil machinations of those who are playing God. We are grateful to Allah (SWT) that He has silence them.
Spotted in company of his son, Aminu, and daughter Halima, the former military president did not speak to news men but his aides disclosed that he will speak on the matter later.