The Nigerian Human Rights Community (NHRC) has called on members of the Taraba State House of Assembly to begin impeachment process against the ailing governor of the state, Dambaba Suntai, to save Taraba from unending embarrassment.
The human rights coalition also called on the Presidency to institute a public inquiry to determine the state of the governor’s health, saying this was necessary to save the governor from the peril imposed on him by his ‘self-serving associates’.
In a statement by the Assistant Executive Secretary, Dr Olu Suleiman, and the Northern Regional Coordinator, NHRC, Naseer Abdulahi, the group advised that the public inquiry should include the civil society, the judiciary, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the police.
The statement said, “What we see in Taraba is exactly what Nigerians witnessed during the tenure of the late President Umaru Yar Adua.
“We wish Governor Suntai long life and we feel strongly that the best way to further prolong his life is for him to stay off the strenuous duties associated with the office of a state governor. He should resign or the House of Assembly should show him the exit door in his own interest.”
NHRC maintained that the associates of the governor had put the people of the state in a very difficult situation, thereby undermining the political and economic development of Taraba.
“Taraba has been a theatre of the absurd since the state governor returned from overseas medical trip after a crash in his small private plane,” the group said.
“A tiny cabal is fronting for the governor, taking decisions on his behalf and at the same time stage-managing the series of his phony public appearances including but not limited to manipulated TV showmanship.
“Suntai’s associates are doing a serious disservice to the integrity of the ailing state governor by over-stressing him beyond his physical capabilities.”