Amidst death rumours » which trailed his
three-week medical trip to Germany, the
former Head of State, Ibrahim Badamasi
Babangida, has returned to Nigeria » on
Friday, June 10, 2016.
On arrival, IBB, as he is fondly called was
received by the Niger state governor,
Abubakar Sani Bello, Engineer Abdulkadir
Kure, Mohammed Babangida (son), Aisha
Babangida (daughter), Umar Ndanusa and
former federal permanent secretary, Idris
Governor Bello said his return will put to rest
the rumour adding that Nigeria still needs the
former military ruler around for his counsel.
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”.
Babangida ruled Nigeria from August 27, 1985,
to August 27, 1993 after he overthrew
General Muhammadu Buhari in a coup.
He annulled the June 12, 1993 elections, a poll
which was considered by many as free and fair.