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No greater disservice could have been done to Gov. Suntai than the poorly choreographed,  C rated movie of his return to work than what we saw at the week end. First, let me commend the wife for a job well done. She must have been through emotional hell and back on account of the man’s air accident and of course the touch and go health crisis for a while. From Jalingo to Abuja to Germany and then the USA, Mrs Suntai ought to be commended. Any woman who has been through the hell of caring for a terminally or critically ill spouse will be able to identify with this  woman. The emotional toll is beyond description. The fer, the uncertainty, the trauma of watching ones husband slip in and out of coma is not what anyone should trivialize. I am sure Mrs Turai Yardua knows what am talking about.

It throws a woman into grief, fear of the unknown, pain of loss.  Stages of grief is not what any sane or normal human being want GOV SUNTAI2to deal with. I went through it 5 years ago when my husband was in stage 4 of congenital heart failure. I got  stuck in stage 2, stage  of denial. Even when I knew that we were counting down, when ejection fraction was less than 20%, I still refused to accept it was over. I tried to play God. I was not willing to accept the inevitable. And guess what, I practice medicine in the best part of the world. It was just human!!.

So, in a way, I empathize with Mrs Suntai. . However, that is where it ends . I was not and still not the spouse of a high profile public official, so when my spouse finally slipped away while I was not looking, I calmly walked away without playing hercules. In my case, I walked into the Emergency room with a heart rate of more than 180/min. I ended up in ICU a few days later. I was inconsolable. I was afraid of being alone. I was distraught beyond words.

So, when I saw pictures of Gov Suntai as he de-planed in Abuja, I knew someone was being mischievous, insane and indecent. The pictures of him as he alighted from the plane did more damage to him than whatever they meant to achieve. For 4 years, I was a trauma person. I cared for those boys from the fields of Iraq and Afghanistan, and those demons were awakened as I saw Gov Suntai.. His gaze into space, his look of a deer in a headlight, showed a man who was struggling with post traumatic brain injury ( PTBI)  The fact that he needed 2-3 people to coordinate his gait was a damning evidence against him, evidence that he was not ready to be a state chief executive.

So, what is Post TBI? They are symptoms patients experience for weeks, months, years at times post traumatic brain injury secondary to brain injury. Simple. Some of these symptoms may have manifested, others will present over the years.  Post TBI  cause a variety of symptoms beginning with COGNITIVE DEFICIENCY as we  saw in Gov. Suntai in ABUJA. His handler was obviously whispering to him,as he de-planed,  trying to re- orient him as to where he was. The man was definitely not cognizant of his location. . He stared into space, he looked surprised, he had the look of a dare in a headlight. He was wondering where he was. He exhibited COGNITIVE DEFICIT, Indeed, if compelled to do more, he would not have been able to do so. Indeed, his wave was something that must have been practised severally while in rehab in preparation for the charade that they put up in Abuja. These people could not  go lower than that even if they tried.

PTBI will present with sudden irritability, mood swings, sudden outburst of speech, sometimes inappropriate, memory loss, disjointed speech. HOPEFULLY, this man who is obviously not part of this caper will not be subjected to public humiliation while his handlers are trying to prove a sick macabre point. He will be thoroughly embarrassed in public and will make him slide into deeper depression which is one of the signs of PTBI.

Mood swing, fatigue, seizure, incontinence of bladder and bowel is not uncommon in PTBI. Seizure, both grand and petit mal may present. Perceptual motor disorder, somatosensory disorder is not uncommon in PTBI  patients, No matter how we may want to slice it, this man has no capacity to occupy the office of governor any  longer. His pictures on arrival in Nigeria totally nailed him.. Unfortunately, there is no established cure for PTBI.. There are treatments to alleviate some of the effects of PTBI. Because they are not able to articulate their own needs or  symptoms, medicine has a tough time managing them sometimes. PTBI patients suffer confusion, they are tongue tied as Gov Suntai is presenting.. Because, the public does not have access to his medical profile, we can only safe guess that he is in the SUB ACUTE STAGE OF HIS TBI. His neurologic presentation, gait, albeit unsteady and ocular motor presentation amongst other things are the parameters used for putting him in the sub acute stage of PTBI.

Because of his extended hospital stay, it is obvious he suffered SEVERE CLOSED DIFFUSE AXONAL INJURY. Symptomatology associated with such injuries was what we saw on his return drama to Nigeria. Needed rest, isolation from his welcoming crowd, close gait and speech monitoring indicated ataxia,(movement disorder) speech disorder ( fluent and non fluent)  which his handlers were trying to hide, Aphasia which he no doubt suffers will certainly prevent him from addressing his State House of Assembly and was why he did not address the press nor take question from them at the airport. I feel like screaming STOP THIS MESS AT HIS HANDLERS.

The way it is, this man is being manipulated. He is like a puppet on a string manipulated by evil puppeteers. The right thing to do is to leave him alone to conclude or rather continue with his medical therapy. He has made history as a governor and until the end of the world, his name will be  in our history books as being the governor of Taraba state at one time. There is no need forcing this unwilling, unconscious horse to the stream. Being alert with poor neuro score is not enough criteria to manage a state as the chief executive. Hopefully, that will register with Prof. jerry Gana.  Gov Suntai has no capacity or capability to rule a state anymore. It is painful, it is difficult, but it is the truth. His handlers and the  evil people in the PDP can deny it all they like, but that is the truth.

It has nothing to do with politics. It does not matter who rules the state. What matters is probity. We have obviously not learnt anything from the Yardua debacle. It is only in Nigeria where people are free to be off shore governors and presidents. The crude nature with which we lust for power is beyond human comprehension. Power belongs to God alone, and it is given to people to hold  in sacred trust. Nothing more. But because access to power translate to grand scale theft of public funds in Nigeria, it becomes a do or die affair. Gov. Suntai should be allowed to take a dignified exit from power for his sake, that of his family and most of all Taraba state.

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