Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam has faulted newspapers reports which claimed that his Taraba State counterpart, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, is suffering from memory loss. Suntai was involved in an air mishap in October 2012 when his self-piloted jet crashed in Adamawa State.
Suswam told newsmen in an exclusive interview after his visit to the Taraba State governor in New York that there was no iota of truth in the report that Governor Suntai was brain-damaged, noting that his visit to Suntai was an initiative to clear the uncertainties over his condition.
According to Suswam: “I met with the governor, and from my personal findings, I think the man is physically and mentally fit now as against all the media reports that we have been receiving in Nigeria; because when I got to his place, he recognised me immediately.
He called me by my name and asked that I sit down beside him. “We held several discussions. He asked me about the political situation of the country. He also asked me about the security conditions back home and I gave him the needed responses. He later rose up and walked normally, without support from anybody, to the rest room and still came out of the toilet by himself without anybody holding him. He asked for food and ate in our presence.”
Speaking further, Suswam said the stricken Taraba governor also recognised his (Suswam’s) wife and called her by her name “just to show that he is not suffering from memory loss as reported in the media.” Asked why the US doctors are still holding Suntai back in America, Suswam said: “With what I was able to gather from his doctors around him, I think they want to watch him closely, to be sure he can undergo a long distance trip. Apart from that, the governor looks very agile and can still function as a governor.”