|General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida|
General Ibrahim Babangida chartered flight arrived Minna International Airport at about 3.30pm. General’s son, Mohammed, daughter, Halimat, a grandchild, some close friends and associates, mainly senior retired officers, were at the airport to welcome him.after a three week medical trip to a German Hospital.
the former military leader, Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, said the country still needs Babangida around for his wise counsel at this critical period.
Accordly to Naij report,The national chairman of National Democratic Party (NDP), Alhaji Hassan Jalo, the former Minister of Finance Alhaji Abubakar Muye and a Justice of Supreme Court, Justice Musa Datijo were also among those who received Babangida.
A short prayer session, led by his childhood friend, Alhaji Mohammed Tako, held shortly on arrival to thank Allah (SWT) for His mercies. IBB’s supporters prayed for his quick recovery, renewed strength and long life in good health.
Bello said the wise counsel of leaders who have weathered the storm and distinguished themselves are needed to bail the country out from the woods.
The governor was full of praises to Allah (SWT) for preserving the life of the former military leader.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace, quoted Bello to have said that: “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 expressed his gratitude to all the Nigerians who were concerned about his state of health during the period of treatment. IBB also said he wanted to have some rest, before talking about politics. “I am feeling better, I want to use this opportunity to appreciate all my compatriot Nigerians for the goodwill and gestures they expressed during my absence. “I have been deeply touched by their (Nigerians) love and their affection and their prayers. I want to use this medium to thank each and every one of them.”
The rumour of his death was awash in the social media last week before it was refuted by his son Mohammed Babandgida.
The governor then advised the media, especially the new media to be cautious in spreading death rumour, stressing that such practice was not only unethical, it was un-cultured and immoral.
“It is high time media practitioners, especially those in the social media refrain from broadcasting or publishing falsehood. Aside from questioning the integrity of the media, it portend danger for the society that the media cannot be trusted.
Source:Daily Nigeria News/Naij.com