Former Nigerian military head of state, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd), has returned home after spending three weeks abroad on a medical trip to Germany.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State welcomed Babangida back to Minna, the state capital, on Friday, saying at a critical period like this for the country, the wise counsel of leaders and elder statesmen like IBB are needed to bail the country out of the woods.
“In spite of the 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 the good work of nation-building,” said Gov. Bello.
“General Ibrahim Babangida remains one of the few leaders in this country that we still need around to tap from their wealth of experiences and knowledge, and we are grateful that he is back and kicking like the old soldier, who he is.
“Your safe return has finally put a lie to the rumour and evil machinations of those who are playing God. We are grateful to Allah (SWT) that He has silenced them.”
Meanwhile, the governor urged the media, especially the new media to be cautious in spreading death rumour, stressing that such practice is not only unethical but uncultured 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 portends danger for the society that the media cannot be trusted.
“The media should be guided by 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.”
IBB was the military head of state who annulled the June 12, 1993 presidential election believed to have been won by MKO Abiola.