- Former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, is not dead
- It was reported that IBB died after observing Eid-el-Fitr on Thursday, May 13
- But sources, however, said that the ex-leader was said to have been receiving guests in his Minna residence since Thursday, May 13
Despite the death rumour of the former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), sources have said that the ex-Nigeria's leader is alive and healthy.
Nigerian Tribune reports that IBB has continued to receive prominent citizens from far and near as visitors over the Eid-el-Fitr celebration on Thursday, May 14, at his Uphill Mansion in Minna, Niger state capital.
Legit.ng gathered that the newspaper said that a source close to IBB noted that some prominent Nigerlites led by the state deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, paid him (IBB) Sallah homage until evening.
The report also stressed that a very reliable source who would not want his names mentioned in the print said that General Babangida was still receiving guests.
“IBB is in a good mood. Baba is very hale and hearty.”
New Telegraph also reports that a source close to the family, while refuting the report that the Niger-born ex-military leader passed on Thursday after prayers at the prayer ground, said some prominent Nigerlites paid him Sallah homage right up until the evening of that day.
The source stated:
“He is in a good mood. As I am speaking to you now, Baba is very hale and hearty. On Thursday, he received General Abubakar Abdulsalami the deputy governor, Ahmed Muhamad Ketso, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Ahmed Matane and many other personalities in his Uphill Mansion in Minna.
“He wore a brown ‘Babariga’, he had lunch with his guests, and they all prayed together. In Islam, death is not something we hide. When God says it is time, General Babangida will honour the call, it won’t be a rumour."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday, April 11, attributed the annulment of June 12, 1993, presidential election presumably won by late philanthropist, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola by former Babangida on “bad belle.”
It was reported that Obasanjo said the annulment robbed Egbaland and Ogun state the rare privilege of having three of its prominent sons occupying the number one seat at different times.
He made the comment in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital shortly after his investiture as a trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a sociocultural organisation of the Egba people.