Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba state on Tuesday spoke with President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo, just as he received his colleague, Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue state in New York. The North America correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Suntai was beaming with smiles and excitement in New York, as he spoke with the top Nigerian leaders and interacted with Suswam.
Suntai is at the Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and Home, where he is recuperating from the injury he suffered after his aircraft crashed in Adamawa state while attempting to land in October 2012. NAN also reports that Suntai, who was described by his colleague as gaining more weight, on sighting his guest and wife Yemisi Suswam, immediately stood up for a quick handshake and exchange of pleasantries. The two colleagues later went into jokes and conversations about happenings in Nigeria.
Within the period he was with his visitors, the governor also had telephone conversations with President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo who called in. “When he saw me, he greeted me, he smiled, you know, we have a name we call ourselves, I call him, Malam Suntai, he calls me Alhaji Suswam. When I called him Malam Suntai, he burst into laughter. “He was quite excited seeing me because the last time I saw him, was when he was in Germany. At that point he was still in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). That was some few months back. And here now, “We shook hands, he stood up, we cracked jokes, we discussed generally, like I said, “I made a phone call to the vice president who spoke with him.