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Fresh fear over Suntai

Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State, who was seriously injured when his plane crashed on October 25 in Yola, capital of Adamawa State, may have suffered extensive brain damage. As a result, he allegedly failed to recognize members of a presidential delegation that visited him at a hospital in Hanover, Germany, an authoritative source has told SaharaReporters.

A source close to a senior member of the delegation described the trip to see Mr. Suntai as highly secretive. SaharaReporters learnt that members of the delegation had officially traveled to Vatican City in Rome to witness the consecration of Archbishop John Onaiyekan as a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. After the ceremony in Italy, the delegation then made a quick detour to Germany to see the injured Mr. Suntai. A trip put together by Gladys Modupeola Quist-Adebiyi, a staff of the Protocol Department at the Presidency was led by Senate President, David Mark. The delegation included Governor Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna State, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Chief of Staff, Mike Oghiadomhe.

Also on the delegation was John Kennedy Opara, the secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) and the Chaplain of the Presidential Villa Chapel, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba. Our source said members of the delegation were shocked to see Mr. Suntai in a vegetative state. “His condition was so bad that they could not publicly disclose his condition after they returned to Nigeria,” said the source. SaharaReporters gathered that Mr. Suntai suffered brain damage in the crash of the small plane he was piloting. The crash happened a short distance from the Yola airport. Initial reports from eyewitnesses said Mr. Suntai had died, but it later emerged that he had survived the crash, albeit with critical injuries. He was transferred to the National Hospital in Abuja before being airlifted to Germany after President Jonathan had visited him and given a rosy picture of his condition. Four state officials traveling with Mr. Suntai in the crashed plane were treated in hospitals in Adamawa and later transferred to Germany for treatment after a public outcry.

Since Mr. Suntai’s airlift to Germany, officials of the Taraba State Government have engaged in propaganda, claiming that the governor was making remarkable recovery. But sources, including an official of the state government, admitted that Mr. Suntai’s mental faculty had deteriorated since the accident and that his memory was virtually impaired. “It is possible that he suffered brain damage because there was some delay before he could be taken abroad,” said a state official. Contacted by SaharaReporters, a Taraba-born political activist who is based in Abuja, said he also heard about the visit to the ailing governor by Senate President Mark’s delegation.

He wondered if Mr. Mark’s silence on Governor Suntai’s health status signaled a scheme by President Jonathan to delay the swearing in of the deputy governor as the substantive governor. “We all know how President Umaru Yar’Adua’s people continued to deceive Nigerians that the man was recovering well and how they even brought him back in a comatose state and declared that he was in control of Nigeria,” said the activist. He added: “I hope President Jonathan and the PDP are not planning a similar scenario, whereby they will declare that Governor Suntai is in control until they find a malleable successor who suits them.”

The activist stated that the Presidency should state the truth about the injured governor’s condition to enable the people of Taraba to move ahead with a new administration. “The fact that the people of Taraba have not heard from or seen the governor since the air crash on October 25 2012 means that the man is no longer fit to govern them,” he said.

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  1. Osmond December 3, 2012 at 2:06 am

    This is very unfortunate. The Deputy Governor should be sworn in immediately to avoid vacuum.

  2. Chuks December 3, 2012 at 3:50 am

    The acting governor should be sworn in, we all know that the gov. cant n will never make it back to Taraba State goverment house even if he comes home alive. I dont know what the Taraba State goverment is waiting for

  3. mberede December 3, 2012 at 4:56 am

    private jet doesnt warrant private life, nigeria leaders make make the roads and our air safe we are all equal in mortality our society must be safe. my sympathy to the entire suntai family.

  4. Chimaco December 3, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Lets the PDP led GOVT not decieve the people any longer. The should better learn the transparent democracy from Ghana our fellow west African Country. When Their president died all of us saw how power was shifted immediately to his dupty. May God deliver Nigeria.

  5. Okuka Emeka December 3, 2012 at 5:47 am

    The Acting governor, should take over the mantle of leadership,because he is the next in comand.

  6. Sir nwabufo okoye ksji December 3, 2012 at 5:59 am

    May God’s mercy b upon u suntai in tesus name i pray. AMEN

  7. Uguru Azik December 3, 2012 at 6:27 am

    He was delayed b4 flown 2Germany, must he b flown abroad? could dat dat money wasted in acquiring jet n oda huge sums of money dey squanda not hav bn enough 2put up a well equipd hospital in Nigeria? Our nation’s killer politicians will all suffer one by one

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  9. MAXNOVO of UYO December 3, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Must the deputy be hastily sworn-in? For what? What will he offer than to plan his own way to amass his own wealth? Let him stay in acting capacity for atleast six months joor, ah ah!! Afterall he calls the buck now.

  10. James December 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    So the man is now a mad man

    ha ha ah ah ha

  11. Oduduwa December 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Our Leaders technically destroyed all our Transportation systems. They destroy our Rail transport to favored the owner of haulage and trailers such as Dangote and group, cripple our road network, refuse to give us a new transport system such as metro-line and electric powered train. And so, many people have died as a result of Dilapidated road system. Our so call Elected President, Governors honourables and Senators are less concern about the dead souls, all they do is to spent fortunes to buy Bullet proof Jeep and Aeroplane to protect themselves. They equally sit in their house of Assembling to discuss the increment in their salaries. what happen to Suntai can be regarded as a NEMESIS and a lessons to our corrupt Rulers that no matter how well fortified you are, you cannot escape from the WRATH God.

  12. Titus December 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Lord have mercy on your servant

  13. uwa December 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    May God give our politician the wisdom to understand that they are not in control of their life.
    May God help Suntai to live and educate others.

  14. ChinnyC December 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Sir Nwabufor and Titus,God bless you for praying for the Gov of Taraba State.

    Who has seen God of impossible things in action before? He can turn around Danbaba Suntai’s condition. He specialises in those things people term impossible.

    God, Greatest Physician that raises even the dead to life; You raised Lazarus from the dead, the hour has come, revive Danbaba, in Jesus name. Amen.

    Let those who hate him proclaim consciously and unconsciously that Your mercy endureth forever. Amen.

  15. bakassi December 4, 2012 at 7:01 am

    amen and amen ,,,,my sister

  16. Okey December 4, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I wish him speady recovery. God can heal even miraclelously.

  17. AUSTIN OMOKUGBO December 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    The Lord God will have mercy and heal the governor in Jesus name. Let Nigerians join faith together and pray for him. With God all things are possible

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