The medical body had offered examine the fitness of Governor Suntai.
Following the offer made by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, on Sunday to render its services free of charge in ascertaining the medical fitness of the state governor, Danbaba Suntai, the state has commenced informal communication with the medical group.
The president of the NMA, Osahon Enabulele, told PREMIUM TIMES that the state government had reached out “informally” to the NMA after the group made known its offer to examine the governor’s fitness.
“We do not work and depend on informal communication, we want to have a formal engagement so that what we do is going to be in the public domain and open to a lot of open evaluation,” he said. “So, we are clear of the fact that we don’t want to have any informal engagement with anybody, we want it formal so that it would be with the necessary approval and statute.”
He said this would not be the first time the NMA would be providing a platform to resolving the crisis surrounding Mr. Suntai’s health.
According to him, when the governor was out of the country, the body issued a statement on how to resolve the controversies surrounding his health.
Mr. Enabulele also debunked concerns that the offer by the NMA was politically motivated.
“We are part of the system; we are also Nigerians that have been extremely displeased with the political seesaw event that have taken place in Taraba over the affairs of the state government as a result of the debate over the medical fitness of the governor of Taraba state,” he said.
“And we think it is an unnecessary heating up of the system; one which ought to have been appropriately checked if the right things were done because when the issue of the fitness of a governor is in doubt, then the necessary instrument of the state needed to have been explored especially with regards to constituting an appropriate medical board to of course, ascertain the medical fitness or otherwise of the governor without politicizing the matter.”
He said the group’s drive was strictly to help resolve the crisis in Taraba state.
“What is amazing to us is that we are increasingly being presented as a people who perhaps do not learn from historic experiences. We think we need to put a stop to this seesaw event; we need to put a stop to this dingdong affair and ensure that the needful is done. So, the NMA wants to, in a most professional and unbiased way give some assistance to the people of Taraba state and if we are called upon to do that, we think we can immediately put to rest this whole question of the fitness of the governor so that peace, progress, and development can return to Taraba state” he explained.
When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the spokesperson to the acting Taraba state governor, Kefas Sule, he said he would be discussing the NMA’s offer with the governor on Wednesday.
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