As the family of late Taraba Former Governor, Danbaba Suntai, was coming to grip with the burial rites and interment of their son another tragedy struck the family. This time, the former Governor younger brother, Babangida Suntai’s death was reported.
Former Taraba Information Commissioner Emmanuel Bello confirmed news of his death. “The Suntai family has been severely devastated,” a member of the family said, Sunday. Babangida Suntai died in Abuja, in an undisclosed hospital. A family source said he was rushed to Abuja last week for treatment. “He was sick,” our source said.
During the burial ceremony at the Suntai at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo, Taraba State, Friday, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku said Taraba, as a state, had entirely crashed with Danbaba Suntai on October 25, 2015 when the ill-fated Cessna 208 aircraft piloted by Suntai had a mishap.
“When Suntai had that plane crash, Taraba State literally crashed with him. “The future and wellbeing of his family, the sanctity of his administration, and indeed, the wellbeing of the people of Taraba State also crashed with him.
“This is because the very fabric of the socio-economic being of the people of Taraba State was intricately interwoven within the stature of this great man and leader of our time. “The news of Danbaba Suntai’s demise came to me as a rude shock, because from my human perspective, I looked forward with very high expectation to the day that he would be fully restored and returned home to us.
“But sadly, that was not to be. Words cannot describe the intensity and depth of my grief and the trauma that the immediate and extended family members of Suntai are going through, as well as the gloom that has settled on the government and good people of Taraba State,” Ishaku said.
Ishaku described his late predecessor as an “amiable leader and an icon par excellence who was very well known for his frankness, boldness and large heart given to sincere forgiveness.”
Danbaba Suntai who was Governor from 2007 to 2015, died on June 28, two days to his 56th birthday in Orlando, Florida, USA exactly four years and seven months after surviving an air crash in which he was the pilot. He is survived by his wife Hauwa and five children (four daughters and a boy).Click Here to Join Newsnow Nigeria WhatsApp Group for Breaking News Alerts More News