Human Rights Community Condemns ‘Parallel Govt’ In Taraba;
The Nigerian Human Rights Community, a coalition of human rights groups
and non-governmental organisations in the country, has condemned what
it called ‘parallel government’ currently ruling in Taraba State.
The group claimed that the unfolding political event in the state was
reminiscent of the era of the late President Umaru Yar Adua when a
‘cabal’ denied the citizenry of legitimate governance.
The NHRC stated this on Monday in a statement jointly signed by the
President, Coalition of Nigeria Civil Rights Group, Mr. Samuel Adelaja;
Director, Centre for Democracy and Socio-Economic Development, Mr.
Popoola Ajayi; and President, United Middle Belt Youth Congress, Mr. Omababa Abuka.
According to the group, it is undemocratic for a “small group of people
to be holding to the reigns of power on behalf of the ailing state
Governor, Danbaba Suntai.” The development, the statement stated, could
lead to unprecedented escalation of crisis in the North Eastern state,
where according to the group, two authorities are currently in charge of
its affairs. NHRC pointed out that the political bickering was already
taking its toll on the economic fortune of the state, adding that the
situation could continue to compound the woes of the impoverished
citizens of the state. While urging the Taraba State House of Assembly
to embark on a genuine process of ascertaining the true status of the
governor’s health, the body maintained it was important for the people
of the state to know the health status of their governor whom they had freely elected.
The statement read, “We are alarmed that the state of the governor’s health remains undisclosed to the people that elected him. This has continued to fuel distrust and apprehension.
The electorate is therefore not aware if the person they have elected
is the one running the state or his unelected, curious and shadowy