The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and family of the late Premier of Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, have expressed sorrow over the death of former Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, saying he was a man of peace.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the demise of Suntai has robbed the country of a worthy leader and a gentleman.
He commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased, the people and government of Taraba State over the unfortunate incident.
â€œI am deeply saddened to hear of the passing on of His Excellency, Danbaba Suntai. â€œWords fail me to adequately express how deeply sorry I am over this devastating news.
â€œHis outstanding charisma and humility as a politician will be sorely missed. He was a passionate leader who has contributed his quota to the services of humanity. His death is a painful loss to his family, the people of Taraba State and Nigerians at large.
â€œI extend my sincere condolences to Governor Darius Ishaku, the people and government of Taraba State as well as the Suntaiâ€™s family.
â€œMy thoughts and prayers are with them as they go through this moment of grief but with total submission to Almighty God. May God grant them the strength and the fortitude to bear this painful loss and may the Soul of the former governor Rest in Peace,â€ Saraki said.
Also, the family of the late Premier of Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, described the death of Suntai as a big loss to the country.
A statement signed by the grandson of the late premier, Alhaji Hasan Danbaba, on behalf of the family, said Suntai was a strong believer in the legacies of Bello.
â€œFormer Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai was a great believer in the legacies of the late Premier of Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna Sokoto, throughout his career as a public administrator and politician,â€ the family said, adding: â€œHe believed in good governance, fair play and mutual coexistence among people irrespective of their differences.â€
The Sardauna family said Suntaiâ€™s death was a rude shock to it because of the enormous respect he accorded the Bello family.
â€œSince the tragic air crash in October 2012, we had prayed that the amiable governor would come back to his feet, but his creator knew the best by taking him away,â€ the late premierâ€™s household said.
Expressing its heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased, the people of the state and all lovers of peace and mutual coexistence in the country, it said: â€œIt is clear that Suntai will be missed by the family of the former premier, the good people of the state and Nigeria in general.â€