Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku yesterday returned to Jalingo, the state capital after 87 days of medical trip to Germany and Abuja.
The plane that conveyed the governor landed at Danbaba Suntai Airport in Jalingo at about 4:11 PM, yesterday amidst thousands of people who were waiting to receive him at the airport.
Briefing journalists over his long stay away from the state, the governor admitted that he had domestic accident in his house on the 22nd of December 2019 while he was climbing the staircase in the night.
“For those who saw me before I left Jalingo on the 22nd of December last year they will admit that I was actually limping.
“I had a domestic accident when I was climbing upstairs around 8 PM in the night when the light in my house went off, I hit my leg and roll down over and over down stairs.
“People were making mockery out of it. It was so unfortunate, some said am dead, some said am crippled, some said am vegetable but today am here with you and you are seeing me alive.
“I want tell you that am not superhuman, I made a mistake to climb upstairs that night.
“Because am a governor doesn’t mean I can’t be sick, am a governor and am also a human being, I can be sick,” he said.
Answering those who were reporting that he was not in the state and that nothing was working, he said that they are liars, adding that whoever reported that should go and see the ongoing dualization of the Jalingo township road. He said similarly construction work is ongoing at Mararaba, Abong to Tayaka road, insisting that all these constructions started when he was not in town.
He assured the people of the state that he is back healthy, adding that nothing will stop him from working for them and that nothing will also stop the state from going forward.
Talking about the coronavirus that has become an epidemic worldwide, the governor declared that there should be no more handshake among the people of the state. He said if you must greet, “Greet like the Chinese by waving or touching your legs”
He appealed to the people of the state to stop unnecessary trips to avoid contact with infected persons.
He assured the people of the state of government’s readiness to combat the disease if it breaks out in the state. The thousands of people who were at the airport to receive the governor expressed happiness over his return in good health.