There is palpable fear in the homestead of former military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, over his failing health.
Report says that the former Nigeria Head of State has been in a very unhealthy condition for some time and that the situation was being managed by medical experts, only for the condition to get worse over the weekend.
The worsening health condition was what informed his being rushed to Germany for a better and more intensive medical attention.
Right now in Minna, Niger State, the home state of the general, uneasy calm pervades the air as the people there are not sure of the true state of things about their beloved son,who held sway as Nigeria’s military president for almost a decade.
Even the executive governor of the state, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, had to cancel his 56th birthday anniversary at the last minute, when the news got to him that the man popularly known as ‘Maradona’, was ailing fast and needed urgent attention. Upon this, the governor, who is also the chairman, Northern governors Forum, quickly made for Germany last Wednesday to visit Babangida on his sick bed.
It is also believed that IBB’s family members and associates have gone into serious prayers to ensure the speedy recovery of their father, friend and mentor.
IBB, you will recall, has been suffering from a perennial leg disease for years now, a condition which he has been managing even long before he stepped aside.
He was said to have picked the ailment after the civil war during which he served Nigeria diligently.
There is also an alleged cancer affliction which he has been suffering for sometime but kept under wraps. What particularly lends credence to IBB’s current ill-health is that he has not been visible or heard of in many public functions for months and efforts by many of his close associates to get in touch with him were always rebuffed.
A top military brass who would not want to be identified said: “I don’t know what is happening to Oga, because I have been trying to get in touch with him for months now without any result”
Meanwhile, the true situation of IBB’s health remains cloudy as no one contacted at the Niger State Government by us was willing to make a positive statement on the true situation.
As at press time however, we gathered that IBB is still on his hospital bed in Germany being intensively attended to by medical experts.