The death of the former Plateau Governor and pioneer Chairman of PDP, Chief Solomon Lar, has been described by President Goodluck Jonathan as an “immense national loss”.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, the president said that he received the news of the death of Lar with “immense sadness”.
Abati quoted the president as saying that Lar was a “charismatic and inspirational political leader”.
“On behalf of himself and the Federal Government of Nigeria, Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to the Lar Family, Gov. Jonah Jang, the people of Plateau State, the people of the Middle Belt, and all others for whom Lar was a much beloved.
“The president joins them in mourning the passage of a truly great leader, whose eventful and highly successful political career predated Nigeria’s independence,” Abati said.
Abati said the president recalled that the deceased, having started with his election as a councillor in the Langtang Native Authority in January 1959, continued with his election to the Federal Parliament in December, 1959.
He said the president urged the family to take solace in the knowledge that Lar lived a long and most fulfilled life.
Abati said the president noted that Lar’s immense contributions to communal, state and national development, had assured him of a place amongst the eternal heroes of the Nigerian nation.
“The president believes that Lar will always be remembered for the exemplary humility, great vision, wisdom and maturity, which he brought to political leadership in Nigeria for over 50 years as a legislator, executive governor, party leader and highly revered elder statesman.
“He also trusts that present and future generations of Nigerians will always acknowledge and honour Lar’s role as one of the founders and architects of the country’s current democratic dispensation which he helped to establish and stabilise,” Abati said.
Abati said the president prays that God, who blessed the Nigerian nation with the gift of Lar’s acclaimed leadership abilities for so many decades, would receive his soul, and grant him a well deserved rest from his earthly labours.
Chief Solomon Daushep Lar passed on yesterday in a U.S hospital at the age of 80. (NAN)