It was reported a few days ago that Nigeria’s former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, is seriously ill, as a source close to his hilltop mansion in Minna, the Niger State capital, revealed to a correspondent.
The source also disclosed that the former military leader has been ill for a while, resulting in his inability to attend most public functions.
Though the real cause of his illness could not be ascertained, the source apart from saying that it was age-related, added that he might be suffering from a relapse of the radiculopathy disease which has troubled the former Nigerian leader since he was head of state.
Meanwhile, for those who don’t know what radiculopathy is all about, it is a medical condition caused by compression or irritation of the nerves as they exit the spine. The condition occurs when surrounding bones, cartilage, muscle, or tendons deteriorate or are injured in the body. Some of its symptoms include a sharp back pain that travels down to the foot, a sharp pain that worsens with abdominal pressure from sitting or coughing, numbness of the skin in the leg or foot, weakness and tingling in the neck and arm, or pain that worsens with neck or head movement.
Babangida was speaking with some reporters on April 24, Sunday, in his home in Minna, the Niger state capital. Several days ago reports emerged that IBB,as many would call him, was seriously ill and disable. Former military president debunking the rumours said:
“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.”
He also said:
“For me, it doesn’t shock me neither bother me because I know I must go and meet God my Creator,” he added. “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.”