27 January 2013

Nigeria: CNPP Wants Suntai's Condition Publicized

Jalingo — Taraba state chapter of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has called on the Taraba State government to make public the true health condition of Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, who was injured in a plane crash near Yola, Adamawa State three months ago.

Speaking at a press conference in Jalingo yesterday, chairman of CNPP, Alhaji Hamidu Suleiman, said the conference was disappointed at the non disclosure of the true state of Suntai's health.

"The office of the governor is a public trust and whoever occupies it lives not for himself but for the entire public; suffice it to say that whatever affects him as a person affects the entire citizens of the state," he said, adding that it was not enough for the commissioner of information, Mr Emmanuel Bello, to be telling the people of Taraba that the governor was recuperating.

"Our position is, why can't the governor himself speak to the public if the assertion of the commissioner is true," Suleiman queried.

He said if the state government was not hiding something about Suntai's health the official delegation which comprised the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Istifanus Gbana, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Emmanuel Njiwah and the State Chief Judge, Justice Josephine Tutsu has just returned from Germany and would have made an official statement on the governor's health.

"The question we repeat is that how long would the people of Taraba be kept in the dark when we know that with advanced technology the governor can speak with his people and his people can actually see him doing the things the commissioner of information has claimed he has been doing."

He added that the conference is committed to the cause of moving the state forward and they would not sit and fold their arms to watch the aspiration of one person or a group of persons override the interest of the people, saying that there was need to establish if the governor is incapacitated in order to move the state forward.

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