The remains of a former governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, will be committed to Mother Earth in his village, Suntai, today.
The body of the late politician, which arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja from the United States at about 5:55 am on Friday aboard a British Airways aircraft, was later flown to the Taraba State Airport, where it was received by the state governor, Darius Ishaku, and his deputy, Haruna Manu.
The deceased, who was aged 55, died on June 28, 2017, in the United States, where he was recuperating from treatment having sustained injuries when a private aircraft he was flying crashed on October 25, 2012. He was the governor of the state between 2007 and 2015.
Ishaku had declared Friday a public holiday so the people of the state could participate in the activities scheduled for his burial. He had also renamed the state airport after the deceased.
At a valedictory session held for the deceased, the governor described him as a compassionate leader who would be missed, given his character and commitment to the development of the state.