Gov. Danbaba Suntai returns to Nigeria after 10 months absence; ...assisted out of aircraft; ...avoids media

Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba state on Sunday arrived in Abuja after 10 months of medical treatment abroad after being involved in a plane crash on Oct. 25, 2012.

The governor, who left Nigeria for Germany in October, was supported on his right and left arms by aides while disembarking from a chartered Gulfstream aircraft with registration number G4 at the domestic wing of the airport.

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The aircraft touched down on the tarmac at about 12.41pm and the governor was immediately driven to the VIP lounge of the airport in a Toyota Land Cruiser.

At the lounge, he sat between two men before he proceeded to Jalingo, the Taraba State capital where two advance aircraft marked N224BA and 5NBMR were already on the ground.

Suntai was visibly weak and could not speak, but his associates told journalists that the long haul flight from the United States where he had the last phase of his treatment, made him tired.

He was shielded from responding to questions from journalists by heavily armed security personnel.

Mr. Suntai did not talk to the media but some of his associates, who were at the airport, said he was “mentally alert” and fit to recognize people by names

John Dara, a friend of the governor’s, said that the governor he saw was alert with his memory intact.

“We were excited to see him and it is understandable that after the long trip, he was weak and tired,” Mr. Dara said.

“But, we were thrilled by the fact that he recognized everyone by name which shows that he is mentally alert and lucid.”
He said the governor’s mental alertness indicated that he was capable of taking over the affairs of the state.
“That itself is a clear indication that he is capable of running the affairs of Taraba as the governor.

“We had no doubt in our minds that when he gets back to Jalingo today, it will be up to his doctor to say whether he will resume today or in a couple of days to come.

“But he is clearly okay and able to function,’’ Mr. Dara said.
He said that his (the governor) decision not to talk to newsmen might be because of the long journey.
“Talking to newsmen can be spontaneous and organised. So, we felt that when he has rested well, it will be easier for him to address Nigerians,’’ Dara said.
Another close associate of Suntai, Rima Shamulu, said the decision to take over the ruling of the state lied with him in line with the provisions of the constitution.
“There are provisions in the constitution for you to take over or not to.

“And if he gets back to Jalingo today, and he transmits a letter to the state assembly through the speaker that he has arrived, that is all; he can take over as the governor.

“So I don’t know why there are speculations around because there is constitutional provision when someone becomes too sick to function; it is not for us to speculate.

“And with the way I saw him, he is all right,’’ Mr. Shamulu said.
Power hungry opportunist at work, this man should be allowed to rest and recuperate well! 

He's not fit to govern (yet) in my humble opinion!


  1. the truth will surface one day SMH

  2. this is a replay of Yaradua's saga, i pray they wont end up killing him like they did Musa (of blessed memory).

  3. Who is fooling who?

    If Suntai lands in Lagos, he will be deported fast by Fashola. He is more or less a destitute.

    And he is poised to rule over the affairs of a state?! - oshisko

  4. Being assisted out of d aircraft? Its obvious this man isn't strong enough to take care of himself let alone govern a state. They sud allow this man to hand over to his deputy so that he won't die untimely. Am sure his family needs him more than the state.

  5. his wife is one of the power hungry and crazy people behind it.

    crazy woman, she craves her husband's power and money more than his health and well beaing

  6. he should be in a care home not in the govt house


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