Kassim Afegbua, spokesman of former Nigerian head of state, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), has dismissed rumours that the former Nigerian ruler has passed away.
Social media had been agog earlier with rumour that IBB had died following a report of an online news platform.
However, in a statement on Sunday, the spokesperson said the former head of state is alive and bubbling.
“It has become consistent fake news for quite some time now wishing our own IBB, the one we easily refer to as “the last don” of Nigeria politics, dead,” Afegbua said.
“The “fake news bill” would be a suitable response to this category of fake news carrier. IBB is very much alive and bubbling. He just started attending to friends and associates who came to see him today, Sunday, 15th December, 2019 right here at his Minna Hilltop mansion. He is full of life and in his characteristic bubbling mood.
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“May Allah forgive those who wish IBB dead. God is the giver and hilltop of life, not humans. Death, as the irrevocable end of all creation, will surely come to everyone some day and at the appointed time and hour, but to deliberately spread fake news and wish someone dead, is to take humanity to another bizarrsomeday May Allah forgive them.
“IBB, by the special grace of Allah, the omniscient and omnipotent One, shall live to fulfill his journey and destiny in life, to the consternation of those who are always wishing him dead. This is about the third time this year.
“We wish to thank those who took time to reach out to us, home and abroad, to find out the truth. We thank you all for your love, care and concern. May Allah grant us all good health, sound mind and long life. Amin.”