Friday, June 10, 2016 7:36 pm
Self styled evil genius and Nigeria’s former military president, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida returned to Nigeria on Friday afternoon from a medical trip in Germany, thereby putting an end to all rumours that he may have passed on in the European country.
Jibrin Ndace, Chief Press Secretary to Abubakar Bello, the governor of Niger, the home state of the former military ruler Nigerians popularly called “IBB” said in a statement that the retired General returned to Nigeria through the Minna International Airport at about 3:30pm on Friday after a three week medical trip to a German Hospital.
Governor Bello was one of those who welcomed the former military President at the Airport.
While welcoming IBB back to the country, the Governor was quoted by the media aide as saying “the country still needs Elder statesman and former military President around for his wise counsel at this critical period”.
“Gov. Sani Bello who welcomed the former military leader back from a medical trip to Germany said wise counsel of leaders who have weathered the storm and distinguished themselves are needed to bail the country out from the woods.
“The governor who spoke in Minna on Friday was full of praises to Allah (SWT) for preserving the life of the former military leader.
Gov. Sani Bello 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 remain 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,” Governor Bello said.
The governor, according to his media aide also advised the media, especially the new media to be cautious in spreading death rumours, 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,” Ndace quoted Bello as saying.
10th June, 2016