In a condolence message, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara expressed sadness, noting that Suntai left indelible footprints.
Dogara, in a statement signed by his special adviser on media and public affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara prayed Almighty God to comfort Suntai’s immediate family.
The Speaker who also commiserated with the government and people of Taraba State said the former governor’s death is particularly painful because he was a dedicated and purpose driven leader who had the interest of his people at heart, adding that the deceased left indelible footprints on the development landscape of the state.
He said, “I received the news of the death of former governor Suntai with a deep feeling of sadness but God is the author of life, from Him we came and to Him we will return.
“To the government and people of Taraba State, I extend my heartfelt condolences, and to his immediate family members who are the ones who will feel the pain more deeply. I pray God comforts you and gives you the fortitude to bear the loss”.
…His Death Incalculable Loss To The Nation – Ekweremadu
Also, the deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, mourned the death of former governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, describing it as an incalculable loss to the nation.
Ekweremadu, while reacting to the sad news of the demise of the former governor, said he (Suntai) gave a good account of himself as a politician, a public administrator and party man.
This was contained in a statement signed by Uche Anichukwu, special adviser to the deputy Senate president on media and made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
Ekweremadu said, “This is an incalculable loss not only to the people of Taraba State, but also to the Peoples Democratic Party family, and the nation in general. We had all prayed for his full recovery following the air mishap of October 2012.
“This is a very sad news, for he was a leader that loved his people, for he gave a good account of himself as a politician, public administrator, man of peace, a patriot, party man, and nation builder. He will be sorely missed, but like all great men, he is immortalised by his selfless service to God and humanity”.
He condoled with the family of the late astute politician, the government and people of Taraba State as well as the entire nation, even as he prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased.