Taraba State Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai returned yesterday to Nigeria after being hospitalized for 10 months in Germany and the United States, in a fragile and speechless state.
Suntai, who was aided out of the aircraft at about 1.05pm by three men, was given a four-minute reception on the tarmac and shielded from reporters who were anxious to interview him.
The governor was dressed in blue-black suit with a light blue shirt.
He was assisted by the men into a black Sport Utility Vehicle with registration number, Lagos-SC 989AAA and taken straight from the tarmac to the VIP wing of the Presidential Lounge.
Those who received the governor at the tarmac were a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana (who led the delegation); a former Minister of Sports, Mr. Damisi Sango; the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Darius Dickson Ishaku; Mr. Damian Dodo (SAN); Senator Emmanuel Bwacha and Chief John Dara, a former Special Adviser to a former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma.
Addressing the curious reporters at the Airport, Gana said: “We are happy the governor is back. You have seen him and we are all elated that after the crash and the treatment, he is finally back in the country. He is doing well and, of course, he needs to rest because of the long flight.”
The governor had on October 25, last year flown a Cessna 208 aircraft which crashed at the Yola International Airport on landing.
Onboard with Suntai were his Aide-de-camp (ADC) Iliya Dasat, Chief Detail Joel Danladi and Chief Security officer (CSO) Tino Dangana. They were all injured and have all returned home after recuperation.