Suntai’s funeral: Taraba declares Friday Public holiday


Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku Thursday declared Friday a public holiday in honour of the late governor.

“The public holiday is to enable civil servants and members of the general public to prepare for the burial of late Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai.

“Governor Ishaku is calling on the people of Taraba State to continually pray for the repose soul of the departed governor to rest in peace.

“The governor has also requested for fervent prayers for members of the committee handling the burial arrangement to perform their responsibilities well, to accord the late governor a befitting burial,” Ishaku said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Hassan Mijinyawa.

Preparation for the burial officially began on Wednesday with three valedictory sessions by lawmakers at State House of Assembly, executive cabinet members in Government House and Suntai’s tennis teammates at the Jolly Nyame Stadium.

Tears ran freely from the eyes of many who attended the valedictory sessions.

Governor Ishaku announced that his predecessor’s funeral service will hold Friday morning at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo.

Final interment will be in the deceased’s residence in Suntai, Bali local government area same day evening.

Ishaku and some key officials of the State government, core political allies and some relatives will Friday morning receive the body at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

The body will be flown to the State capital Jalingo and conveyed to his residence.

There would be a “special Juma’at prayers at the Muslim Council Secretariat, while wake keep will hold at the LCCN Mayo-Gwoi.”

The “service of songs” took place Thursday at the CAN Secretariat Jalingo.

Governor Ishaku described the late ex-governor as “a visionary and pragmatic leader who created the framework” for him to build on.

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