The former president who returned from Germany on Friday, June 10 at about 3 o’ clock in the afternoon was welcomed by Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello; former Niger state governor, Engineer Abdulkadir Kure; Mohammed Babangida, Aisha Babangida, Umar Ndanusa and a former federal permanent secretary, Idris Adamu Kuta.
Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, Nigeria’s former military president
The former military president was reported to have been to the European country for medical treatment. Governor Bello said the wise advice of IBB is needed in order to help Nigeria find solution to the various national problems the country is facing as of present.
While speaking to journalist at Minna, the Niger state capital on Friday, June 10 to welcome Babangida, the Niger state governor thanked Allah for preserving the life of the ex-Nigerian leader.
Abubakar Sani Bello, governor of Niger state
Governor Bello said, “despite unfounded rumour about the life of our national icon, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, we are grateful that it pleases Allah 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.”
While explaining further, Jibrin Baba Ndace the chief press secretary to the Niger state governor released a press statement stating: “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.
“The media should be guided by the ethics of the profession. If you are not sure, don’t share. The social media purported death of General Babangida was reckless, unethical and unwarranted”