Aide Debunks News Of Ex-Military Leader, Ibrahim Babangida’s Death

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Aide Debunks News Of Ibrahim Babangida’s Death-The rumored demise of the former Head of State and Nigeria’s heavyweight political stakeholder, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida has been debunked by an aide of the old General.

Early on Monday, PME Naija in its report claimed that Babangida had passed on, claiming it was working on the details of the broken news. A twitted version of the claim was picked up by a BBC Coprrespondence in Abuja which followed the news up to interview a close aide of the septuagenarian.

Nma Kolo, Babngida’s close associate told BBC Africa Correspondence,  Habiba Adamu in Abuja that Gen Babangida (rtd) was still alive and was only in Germany for a routine medical check-up. Kolo implied that at no time was any news released about Babangida’s  so called demise.

The opening intro in the PME Naija report contained: ”Former Nigerian military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB), who took over from General Muhammadu Buhari in a bloodless coup in1985 has been reported dead. The General who has been ill for a while was first rumoured dead sometime last week”.

Few weeks ago, it was reported that the former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) was seriously ill and was unable to attend most public functions. At a stage, The death of the ex leader was also rumored last April with the family debunking the news.

It was then claimed that sources had confirmed the ailment was age-related. He was also rumoured  the former military president might be suffering from the relapse of his age-long foot bug known as  radiculopathy, a common disease he was known to have battled during his tenure as Nigeria’s Military head of state.

It was also claimed that the former Head of State was unable to walk and always aided with walking stick and always assisted by his security personnel.

He was said to have been aided out of the venue of a valedictory dinner for the former Niger State Chief Judge, Justice Fati Lami Abubakar  before the end of the event and always shuttling between Abuja and Minna, his home state to receive medical attention. Babangida was Nigeria’s military president for eight years, but was forced to stepped down after he annulled the 1992 presidential election believed to have been won by the late Chief MKO Abiola.

FACTS ABOUT RADICULOPATHY

  • Common features of Radiculopathy
    Common features of Radiculopathy

    Radiculopathy is caused by compression or irritation of a nerve as it exits the spinal column.

  • Symptoms of radiculopathy include pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs.
  • Most patients with radiculopathy respond well to conservative treatment including medications, physical therapy, or chiropractic treatment.
  • Often radiculopathy can resolve within 6 weeks to 3 months.

What is radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy is a condition due to a compressed nerve in the spine that can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness along the course of the nerve. Radiculopathy can occur in any part of the spine, but it is most common in the lower back (lumbar radiculopathy) and in the neck (cervical radiculopathy). It is less commonly found in the middle portion of the spine (thoracic radiculopathy).

What are the risk factors for radiculopathy?

Risk factors for radiculopathy are activities that place an excessive or repetitive load on the spine. Patients involved in heavy labor or contact sports are more prone to develop radiculopathy than those with a more sedentary lifestyle. A family history of radiculopathy or other spine disorders also increases the risk of developing radiculopathy.

What are the causes of radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy is caused by compression or irritation of the nerves as they exit the spine. This can be due to mechanical compression of the nerve by a disc herniation, a bone spur (osteophytes) from osteoarthritis, or from thickening of surrounding ligaments.

Other less common causes of mechanical compression of the nerves are from a tumor or infection. Either of these can reduce the amount of space in the spinal canal and compress the exiting nerve.

Scoliosis can cause the nerves on one side of the spine to become compressed by the abnormal curve of the spine.

Other causes of radiculopathy include diabetes which can decrease the normal blood flow to the spinal nerves. Inflammation from trauma or degeneration can lead to radiculopathy from direct irritation of the nerves.

Source: www.medicinenet.com