Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State on Wednesday spoke for the first time since his arrival in the country four days ago, in a brief address recorded and aired on the state-owned television station in Jalingo, the state capital.
Although he appeared feeble and could barely muster the strength to speak loud enough, Governor Suntai, however, put doubts to rest that he was brain-damaged and unable to speak as a result of severe injuries he sustained when a plane he was flying from Jalingo crashed in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
The governor, who spoke at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed Secretary to the State Government, Timothy Kataps and Chief of Staff, Malam Aminu Jika, thanked people of the state for their prayers and for standing by him in his moment of trial.
“My good people of Taraba State, I remain grateful to you for your prayers and support when I needed them most. I want to urge you to continue to pray for the development and unity of our dear state and congratulate us all on our 22nd year anniversary as a state. Thank you and God bless”, he said.
Earlier, Suntai, who was decked in a sky blue suit and a stripe shirt, enjoined the newly sworn SSG and CoS to work in the interest of the people.
Meanwhile, members of the state House of Assembly led by their Speaker, Hon. Haruna Tsokwa, on Wednesday evening met with the governor.
Although the lawmakers did not disclose details of the meeting, they promised to speak to the press on Thursday.
Watch video here courtesy Saharareporters.