New Pictures Of Gov. Suntai Raise Dust in Taraba
RECENT pictures of the ailing governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai displayed on Facebook have again raised dust in the state.
While some described the pictures as fake, some held the view that the appearance of the governor in the said pictures contradicted the position of government officials who had been saying that the governor would soon return.
Suntai’s absence from office since October 2012 due to ill-health has been generating tension as some persons have been calling for the immediate confirmation of the acting governor, Garba Umar, as the substantive governor.
Some persons who bared their minds to The Guardian agreed that the pictures were not fake and as well not manipulated by computer or any form of communication technology, but opined that “from what we saw there, the governor still has a long way to go.”
According to Buba Sani, “From what we saw in those pictures that are on Facebook, I think the health of the governor is nothing to write about yet because his looks and appearance showed that he doesn’t even know where he is, talkless of what is taking place.”
But in a swift reaction, the Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Emmanuel Bello, told The Guardian that “that the pictures are real reflections of the current health profiles of Governor Suntai, when the acting governor visited him in USA.”
While further debunking the rumour presently making the rounds in the state that the pictures are not the true reflections of the governor, Bello said: “Suntai’s transformation has been tremendous.”
The governor’s medical handlers, according to Bello “are impressed with his rapid recovery pattern,” adding that the “governor has continued his rigorous physiotherapy regiment, a situation that has seen him becoming stronger daily.”
Some members of the party who also spoke on the issue said that commenting publicly on the issue now is very dicey because of what is presently going on in the national headquarters of the party.
“You know the party at the national level has just been frustrated by our High Court here from carrying out its plans to investigate the reason behind our governor’s long absence from office. So for any of us to speak on those pictures now will be too risky for us.’
“It is of two ways, we should say the pictures are real, definitely you know we will be offending some person, and if should join those that are describing it as fake, we are as well committing offence too. So as a party member, one is presently being careful of the comments he or she makes.”
“But whatever it may look like, as a religious person, my personal prayer for him is to recover and come back to continue his remaining two years because both Christianity and Islam enjoin us to always pray for the sick.”
In the said picture, as noticed by The Guardian, both the ailing governor and the acting governor, were seen exchanging pleasantries with smiles spread all over their faces, with the wife of the governor, Hajiya Hauwa, standing close to her husband.