Shell Energy Entrepreneurs banner Yudala banner
‘Captain’ Suntai and the final flight to glory, By Emmanuel Bello

By News Express on 29/06/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 682

•Late Ex-Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai.
•Late Ex-Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai.

Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai was the very soul and spirit of governance. He was the emblem and the signature of power. He was the sceptre and the throne in all its radiance and splendour. He was indeed the purple robe and the crown of the king. His gait, language and thought process is symbolic of royal leadership. He was the main issue in Taraba history and the heart of its narrative for decades. He was, above all, my boss. I learnt from him in a way no one could have taught me. In his stern rebukes and the times he has sat me down for admonitions, I found my bearings.

I hear my boss is dead. I laugh because that can’t be true. He would live on in the hearts of men. He would live forever in the history books. His immortality is etched, not in an effigy, but in the tapestry of our very essence.

Suntai. His very name connotes love for mankind, truth, discipline, rectitude, uprightness, forthrightness, humility, loyalty and a deep sense of duty.

Suntai. His very face is a testimony to courage, resilience, perseverance, inner strength, candour, intellect, insights, thoughtfulness, straight talk and fair dealings. He wakes up with sincerity, works with honesty and sleeps without deception. Not for him the two faced duplicity of unreal men. Not for him the forked tongue of men who walk in the dark. With him, yea is yea and nay was always nay. No one eschews ephemeral praise more. No one rejects the hypocritical more. No one resist the arrogant and the liars more. Fit as a fiddle, straight as a rail, he was the epicenter of transparency.

He won Tarabans over with his silence and taciturnity. He scared his traducers with his probing gaze that sees the heart and intent of men. He spurned gossips and insisted on hearing both sides of a matter. God helped you if you went to Suntai with a gossip. His method was simple. He would “detain” you and bring the other party to the discussion table. He then tells you to repeat the charge.

He once told me he won’t take any award while in office. Why? He explained: “Emma, I want to see how many of those awards giver would give me the same awards when I’m no longer governor.”

I’ve been lucky to walk with greatness; to feast at the table of a mystic and to learn from the best. Simply, the best.

Swing low, sweet chariots, please come for me too. Big bros Giwa went ahead to announce the coming of a decent man, a spokesman even in celestial places. And now they wait for us with knowing smiles. What am I even doing alone here?

Emmanuel Bello, Senior Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State, was former Commissioner for Information during Suntai’s administration.


Source News Express

Posted 29/06/2017 9:04:19 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+



Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!


You may also like...
Obiano’s bulldozers tear down more kidnappers’ dens

170 foreign dignitaries pay last respects to Lee...

Catholic groups rise against Anti-NGOs Bill, say it...

Defection: Between Obi and Tambuwal, By Valentine Obienyem...

Another tragedy hits Nigerian journalism as careless driver...

Edo Police declare readiness for governorship election

FG bows to ex-militants; agrees to pay stipends...

El-Rufai laments renewed Kaduna attacks, says attackers won’t...

Southern Kaduna Killings: Council Chairmen accuse Senator of...


Newsdiaryonline bounces back after attack on database, pledges...

I'm not in power tussle with Tinubu, declares...


Latest News ABOMINATION: Man impregnates, weds teenage sister Militants behead soldier, kill 3 others in Akwa Ibom Fire guts 40 trucks in Onitsha market Israel tests world’s most powerful missile defense system Gunmen abduct businessman, kill masquerade, 2 others British High Commissioner urges Buhari to sign NotTooYungToRun bill into law 205 convicted in mass trial of Boko Haram suspects Soldiers gun down suicide bomber in UNIMAID Fuel scarcity: NNPC cannot cope with demand on petrol consumption, says IPMAN SERAP to Buhari: Publish details of corruption in Social Investments Programme MRA inducts Transmission Company of Nigeria into FOI Hall of Shame for leaving Nigerians in the dark Remain focused in the fight against terrorism, journalists urge Buratai


Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (325,385 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (316,849 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (253,489 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (208,021 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (194,299 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (186,999 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (162,456 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (145,810 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (139,987 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (128,998 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (127,444 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (122,739 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (34) Business (2,895) Business Verdict (33) Columnists (803) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (203) Entertainment (446) Features (548) Global Business Monitor (225) International (1,798) Interviews (143) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (105) News (32,961) Opinion (883) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,508) Religion (680) Sports (1,437) Stock Watch (27) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update



Football president George Weah puts Liberian army to the test


APO Group Partner



Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera