Benue State Governor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, Tuesday said his Taraba State counterpart, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, who had been receiving medical attention abroad following the injuries he sustained in a plane crash last year in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, had fully recovered and would be back in the country soon.
Suswam, and his wife, Yemisi, had visited Suntai on June 25 in New York, where he is recuperating.
The governor, speaking with journalists in Makurdi, on his return from his trip to the US, warned people playing politics with the condition of Suntai to desist from doing so, saying that such an act is not good for the state and the country.
He expressed regrets that the condition of his Taraba counterpart was being politicised.
When asked if the governor had actually lost his memory as being rumoured, Suswam said: "Just forget about that, those are just politics."
According to him, "It is not true, I was with him and he spoke with the vice-president (Namadi Sambo) for about three minutes. Even if that was the case, he has regained it and he is doing very well and recuperating in America.
"That was apparently the position he was in when people saw him initially at the German hospital when he was in a critical condition after the air crash, and that is what they are spreading around.
"The truth is that he has substantially recovered and there is nothing wrong with him now. If you look at him, you would not know that he was involved in a plane crash, because he spoke and did things by himself contrary to the stories we were told.
"People are just playing politics with his condition and it is wrong. I believe that the right thing to do when a leader is sick is that we all pray that he recovers quickly rather than bringing politics into it."
"I saw him and I am happy and excited, because contrary to the stories making the rounds about his condition, both of us shared jokes together and it was obvious that he was doing well, and I believe strongly that he would soon be back in the country."