A four-man Niger State delegation has visited former military dictator, General Ibrahim i Babangida, in Germany and confirmed the retired coup plotter is recovering from an operation on a recurring leg problem. Babangida had a surgery for bone-related ailment, many years after he was treated for radiculopathy.
The delegation, led by the Commissioner for Agriculture in IBB's home state of Niger, Prof Yahaya Kuta Mohammed, was said to have spent over three hours with the former military dictator at the private home where he is recuperating.
Babangida lost his wife, Maryam, a few years ago at a foreign hospital.
Babangida left for routine medical treatment on September 6 in company of Aminu, his second son. His doctors ordered a surgery for Radiculopathy, an ailment he sustained during the Civil War. The government’s visit followed a similar visit by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Other members of the delegation included the Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, IBB’s cousin and Director-General, State Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Focal office, Dattijo Aliyu and Managing Director State Development Company Mohammadu Aliyu.
It was learnt that Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu planned to lead the delegation but could not make it due. It was also gathered that three members of the team told the governor that the former leader was recovering.
A member of the delegation, who pleaded for anonymity, said the team informally briefed the governor of Babangida’s condition.
“We were with him (IBB) on Sunday and Monday. He was in high spirits and in good health. “He is responding positively well to post-surgery therapy. “I was with him yesterday after our team had stayed with him for over three hours.
“The team leader delivered the goodwill message to the General. He was in high spirits and good frame of mind. The General is good to return home anytime.”