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Nigerians doubt Suntai's capacity to govern

26 August 2013, 16:23

Lagos - Nigerians expressed doubts over the fitness of returning Taraba State Governor, Danbaba Suntai, to resume his duties.

Suntai has been away from his job as governor of the northern state since October last year after sustaining injuries in a plane crash.

He returned from New York, United States on Sunday amid lack of clarity whether he would resume his duties.

There has been speculation  that the 52-year-old governor’s abilities may have been permanently damaged as a result of the crash.

Suntai has added to the speculation as he has not made any announcement since his arrival this past weekend.

Speaking on the development, public commentator, Kings Ukaoha said, From what we have seen from television images, the governor  pictures depict of a Zombie being prodded by visible handlers.

"That man no longer gas cognitive reasoning. The cravings for power and state resources is behind this dreadful evil where a sick and vegetative personage is smuggled into the State House just to whet the appetites of some greedy hangers-on.”

Also speaking on the governor's health, Ayim Ofili, a political analyst said, “From the pictures shown, Suntai does not look fit to return to office.

"The handlers should consider the pressure of the office and if they truly love Suntai, they should take him back to continue with his treatment abroad. It will be better to lose the office and save the governor.”

Meanwhile some of the governor's aides have assured the public that the governor will resume work within days.

One of the aides, John Dara,  said “I am fully in the picture in all the arrangements for his return and we are really excited to see him back.
What is clear is that after the long haul flight from the US, he is obviously weak and tired. However, we are thrilled by the fact that he recognised each of us and called us by our names.

" This shows that he is mentally alert and this is an indication that he is capable of running the affairs of the state as governor," Dara said.

Asked why the governor could not address media on his return, Dara argued, “Normally, talking to press can be spontaneous and can be organised; but we felt that when he has rested well, it will be easier for him to address the press logically.”

Suntai has been governor since 2007. He was re-elected two years ago.

- CAJ News


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