Governor Suntai has returned to Taraba State after 10 months.
A repeat of the late President Umar Yar’Adua saga is playing out in Taraba State where “charlatans” have taken over the government and ruling in the name of Danbaba Suntai, the State governor, some activists have said.
This was disclosed at a press conference organized by the Say No Campaign, United Action for Democracy, and Civil Society Network Against Corruption, on Tuesday, in Abuja.
In a joint statement issued by Ezenwa Nwagwu of Say No Campaign Nigeria; Jaye Gaskia of United Action for Democracy; and Olarewaju Suraj of Civil Society Network Against Corruption, the groups called for an immediate end to the “charade” in Taraba State.
“We demand that the unfolding charade in Taraba State be brought to an end and the Acting Governor be either allowed to continue to discharge the duties of the governor unfettered,” the groups said.
While sympathizing with Mr. Suntai who, after a 10 month medical sojourn abroad following an unfortunate plane crash involving himself and his aides, returned to the country, last weekend; the groups condemned attempts by some politicians to make governance “unrealistic.”
“These charlatans have desperately kept trying to cling to political power and by extension the resources of Taraba State through series of craftily woven plots of deceits, meant to hoodwink the Nigeria public in a manner similar to the unfortunate Turai-Yar’Adua saga,” the groups said in a statement.
“Deliberately and shamelessly, these people continue to feed the public with lies (sometimes garnished with half truths) about the true state of health of Governor Suntai.
“Every indication and reports since his unfortunate plane crash leaves no one in doubt that Mr. Suntai is medically brain damaged and is thus unfit to discharge his constitutional duties according to the Nigerian constitution.
“By plotting this deceit and subterfuge around his supposed recovery, the architects of this evil plot are able to cling to power and rule Taraba State by proxy in the name of the innocent Governor Suntai whilst they pillage the State’s resources for themselves and their cronies in Taraba and Abuja.”
The groups also condemned the Nigerian government’s handling of the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, describing the government as “tyrannical, wicked, unpatriotic and profligate.”
“We watch with sadness as the political classes trivialize the lives of our young people and the future of this Country by refusing to honour its agreements with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Health Workers’ Union; as well as for three months previously with respect to the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics [ASUP].
“For six weeks now (and counting), young, virile, sound-minded and able bodied Nigerians have once again been kept idle and hopeless as the political elite display its lack of respect and concern for the youth of this Country by its failure to meet the legitimate and pragmatic demands of the striking lecturers.”
The groups accused the federal government of not showing adequate concern in addressing the “completely derelict, comatose and unsavoury state of public education in the country.”
“It is instructive to note that not a single member of the Federal Government’s negotiating team in the FG/ASUU face off have their child (ren) in any public university/Polytechnic in Nigeria.
“Since they are not personally affected, and can afford at our expense through illegitimate earnings to procure the education of their children in private institutions at home and abroad,” they said.
The groups called on the federal government to acquiesce to the demands of ASUU and implement the recommendations of the report of the assessment team on the state of Nigerian public universities.
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