Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida yesterday spoke with selected journalists at his Minna home in Niger State capital, where he confirmed to them that he is sick, but not bedridden or dead like many have reported. He explained;
“It is true I have minimised my appearance at public functions because of my ill health, but not to the level of incapacitation as being widely circulated in some media.”
“For me, it doesn’t shock me neither bother me because I know I must go and meet God my Creator.
There is nothing really to worry about, my religion has told me. Well, as a Muslim I strongly believe everybody will die.
Everybody will die and everybody has to die. It could be now or in 100 years time or two days to come. But it doesn’t matter.
Everybody must die.
You can see me attending to people, after which we all go in for our lunch and have our prayers before I retire for my siesta.
I am not incapacitated. Nobody is above sickness or death because nobody is above what God has destined. Everybody will fall sick or will die or either of their relations must die.”
Speaking on the future of the country, he said;
“I still believe very strongly in this country, which is further demonstrated by the people of these great nation because they are very industrious people, hardworking. That gives me the hope for Nigeria.”