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Jonathan urges peace amid Taraba Speaker's death

05 November 2013, 16:29

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan urged political leaders to honour the late Speaker of the House, Haruna Tsokwa, by ensuring peace and order prevailed in the region.

Jonathan’s call was contained in a statement released by his spokesperson, Reuben Abati, on Tuesday afternoon.

It came a day after the passing on of Tsokwa after a brief but undisclosed ailment.

The President recalled Tsokwa’s role in restoring political stability to the state following infighting within the leadership of the state.

Taraba has made headlines for the wrong reasons in recent months after Governor Dunbaba Suntai returned from the United States where he was receiving treatment to injuries sustained in a plane crash last year.

His return to his position was resisted by some politicians who are aligned to Acting Governor Garba Umar.

A People’s Democratic Party Committee intervened and it was resolved that Umar stayed on but consulted Suntai on major issues.

Meanwhile, Abati said Jonathan received with sadness news of the sudden death of Tsokwa.

“On behalf of himself and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to the late Speaker’s family, as well as the government and people of Taraba State.”

He said the President prayed that God would comfort the late Speakers family, his colleagues in the Taraba State House of Assembly, friends and political associates as they mourned the “peace-loving patriot and true democrat.”

– CAJ News


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