The former military ruler arrived the Minna International airport in a chartered aircraft N550 DR at about 3.30 pm on Friday.
On arrival, IBB, as he is fondly called was received by the Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, Engineer Abdulkadir Kure, Mohammed Babangida (son), Aisha Babangida (daughter), Umar Ndanusa and former federal permanent secretary, Idris Adamu Kuta.
Governor Bello said his return will put to rest the rumour adding that Nigeria still needs the former military ruler around for his counsel.
He said: “Despite unfounded rumour about the life of our national icon, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, we are grateful that it pleases Allah (SWT) to preserve his life and bring him back safely and healthier to continue in the good work of nation building.
“General Ibrahim Babangida remains one of the few leaders in this country that we still need around to tap from their wealth of experience and knowledge and we are grateful he is back and kicking like the old soldier he is.
“Your safe return has finally put a lie to the rumour and the evil machinations of those who are playing God. We are grateful to Allah (SWT) that He has silence them”.
Babangida ruled Nigeria from August 27, 1985, to August 27, 1993 after he overthrew General Muhammadu Buhari in a coup.
He annulled the June 12, 1993 elections, a poll which was considered by many as free and fair.