Monday, 28 October 2013
PHOTO: Suntai Visits Church in Jalingo to Mark One Year of Air Crash Survival
Last Friday was exactly one year since the governor and his Aide de Camp (ADC) Iliya Dasat, Chief Detail Joel Danladi and Chief Security Officer (CSO) Tino Dangana who were also on board the ill-fated Cessna 208 aircraft survived the air mishap.
The three aides who were treated in Germany were with the Governor during the thanksgiving service. Also accompanying Gov. Suntai were his wife Hauwa, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) GT Kataps and Chief of Staff, Aminu Jika, among other aides.
The congregation was all tears on seeing him. The tears of joy followed the Governor’s speech, which turned out to be the morning sermon for the worshipers.
“I thank God that I survived the air crash to see this day. I am happy to reunite with you again,” Suntai said.
He thanked Taraba residents for their prayers on him which he said have helped him.
The Governor preached forgiveness and asked everybody whom he said he may have offended to forgive him.
“Do not hold anything against your enemy or anyone at heart. For me and my family, we have forgiven all our adversaries,” he said.
Suntai said what God has done and shown him, even if he drops dead today (on Friday) he would die a fulfilled mortal.
It would be recalled that Gov. Suntai was pronounced dead when an aircraft he piloted crashed near the Adamawa State capital city of Yola, on October 25, 2012, Thursday.
Gov. Suntai spent 10 months in German and U.S. hospitals for treatment and rehabilitation, returning on August 25. The ailing Governor informed the House of Assembly of his readiness to resume duty but was stopped by the lawmakers on health grounds.
It would be noted that Gov. Suntai’s thanksgiving ceremony came a few days after he went out for a fishing expedition to shake off officialdom.