Former military president, Gen Ibrahim Badammasi Babangida (rtd) has declared that he is hale and hearty, and that only Allah knows when his time on earth will end.
Babangida, who was reacting to the rumours of his death yesterday, said he was not shocked by the news in any way.
“As a Muslim, I have the belief that every one of us must die; it could be now, it could be hundred years or in two days, it does not matter. Everybody must die, and to me, the death rumour does not shock me; it is not something to worry about,” he said.
Speaking with some select journalists at his Hilltop Mansion in Minna, Babangida described death as an inevitable experience that everyone must taste.
On the state of the nation, the former military president said he was hopeful that Nigeria would surmount the present challenges.
According to him, no matter what the challenges Nigeria is facing now , it was his conviction that the country will surmount it considering their industrious nature.
He said, “I still believe very strongly in this country; that is further demonstrated by the people themselves. The calibre of people the Nigerians are, they are very industrious people, so with Nigerians possessing this quality, it keeps my hope going for Nigeria.”
Asked if the country will be able to surmount its current challenges, he said, “Yes I think so. I believe very strongly that the country holds a very beautiful future for us and you younger generations.”
There were rumours in the social media at the weekend that the former military president was dead.