On 17/Feb/2014 / In Medical News
A civil rights organisation, Say No Campaign (Nigeria), on Thursday, called on the acting Governor of Taraba state and immediate family members of ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai to accept the offer by the Nigeria Medical Association to conduct an independent assessment of the governor’s health.
The group also called on the Inspector-General of Police and Director General of State Security Service to investigate the video interview on the internet allegedly granted by Suntai and make their findings public.
The Convener of SNC, Mr. Ezenwa Nwagwu, told journalists in Abuja that the situation in Taraba State had further underlined the fear that “Nigerian politicians value political power, its associated perks and privileges more than human lives.”
He said, “The acting Governor of Taraba State and families of Governor Danbaba Suntai should, with immediate effect, accept the offer of NMA for intervention in this imbroglio.
“The IGP and DG of SSS should investigate the video interview and publicly declare their findings. We are worried at the inexplicable criminal silence on the part of security agencies and the Federal Government. The media handlers of Suntai should release to the public their authentic version of the video interview.
“Governor Suntai should be allowed to personally refute the appeals in the interview through another video statements or by granting another video interview to a cross section of journalists.”
While calling on the Nigeria Union of Journalists and Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria to “rise up to these challenges and collaborate with NMA in resolving this issue”, the SNC suggested that the Taraba State House of Assembly should explore constitutional means of investigating and revealing the state of health of Suntai to douse the tension brewing in the state.”
According to Ezenwa, Taraba state continues to be isolated from the rest of the country to the detriment of the people “whose elected ailing Governor has become enslaved and trapped by a cabal that has no respect for human life.”
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