Taraba state has recently been brought to national as well as international focus since the tragic plane crash of December 12, 2012 that involved the executive governor of the state, Pharm. Danbaba Suntai and a few others from his cabinet. The governor sustained a severe brain injury that rendered him physically and mentally incapacitated to resume duty. And, despite the self-resolve made by some people often tagged as ‘cabals’ to bring him back to his official duty, at least with the recent one of 13th September, hope still remains apparently dashed in the midst of cynicism and sycophancy.
Since that fateful plane crash, my state has been thrown into an era of confusion, division and display of human gluttony and wickedness. The political struggle has been heaving, bridging many constitutional laws, infringing on people’s right and rotting meaningful development all in a selfish interest to maintain a status quo of perpetuating havoc to the state and ungratefully rejecting the will of God.
The recent happening with Nigeria in the hands of blind loyalists during the final days of President Yar’aduwa should have been enough lesson to allow Taraba to forge ahead. But, it's never will. The so-called cabals will prefer, unfortunately, to exploit his Excellency’s hopelessness as an advantage to enrich themselves. Any sympathy or delay, to them, will bar their golden chance.
Also, on the social media, Facebook, in particular, the discourse has been charged with unpalatable expressions – tribes against tribes, communities against communities, Muslims against Christians and vice versa – I had never seen before. Tarabans, unreasonable ones, openly casting abuses, cursing and detesting their fellow Tarabans without mutual respect or ethics. The atmosphere was, and one can still see, is totally infected with hatred, ignorance and indiscipline. The mutual understanding that existed between Muslims and Christians and between diverse tribes and communities, when we went to primary and secondary schools in the 80s and 90s respectively is gradually eroding, signalling a birth of an unhealthy, unsafe and backwards society. God forbids.
For every cabal, for or against, this is the best atmosphere that would allow him/her a chance to achieve his/her selfish aim.
Most regrettably, instead of sympathising with the indisposed governor, people are exploiting the situation with cynicism, greed and highest level of inconsideration. I am not so worried about the so-called ‘cabals’ though. As a colleague, I am particularly concerned about her Excellency Hajiya Hauwa Danbaba Suntai. If no one can sacrifice and believe that there is an end to everything, at least, you can! Having struggled for many years with his Excellency and finally ascended to God’s favour without any man’s manipulation, you should know the Will of God, at least on this matter, better than anyone!
As far as I know, this is your husband's principle. Please, do him a favour, cuddle your beloved, give him the privacy and the care he deserves. Allow him a gradual recovery and protect him from ingratitude subordinates who know nothing but a struggle over power that, as your husband, they too will play and give way for others. You need to honour the rest of his Excellency’s delicate life, most importantly put every 'cabal' to shame and save Taraba state from stagnation.
Whether we take advantage or we feel satisfied, let us not be happy that the poor governor is in a state that he is at the moment. No human being can claim success, failure or calamity for another fellow human being. God destines whatsoever He wants to whosoever He wishes. No one made Suntai the governor of Taraba state and no one had the power to deny him at that time. So, if now God says here is the end of his journey as a governor, no one can extend it!
The same destiny that brought Jolly Nyame, brought Danbaba Suntai and subsequently brought Alh Garba Umar. Just think how unimaginable it was for Danladi Baido not to be able to succeed Jolly Nyame! If all these are within God’s power, why should man insist on what is already decided by God? Or why should man rejoice because another fellow man meets the Will of his God? No one can change the cause of destiny.
I do not mean to sound so much like a priest or a sheikh. I just wanna draw the attention of my fellow Tarabans to remember the uniqueness of our dear state and once again allow that peaceful coexistence to transmit in the vein of the state; allow his Excellency to have a harmonious rest and recovery after serving his people with great courage and diligence.
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