The remains of the first executive governor of Plateau State, Chief Solomon Lar, which was supposed to have arrived the country weekend from the U.S, has been postponed until the date for his internment would have been fixed, Governor Jonah Jang has said.
Mr. Jang made this known in Jos on Saturday when his Nasarawa State counterpart, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura paid a condolence visit to the state over the demise of the politician.
Mr. Lar, founding chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, died on October 9 at the Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia, U.S.
Ade Adefuye, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the U. S., had told the North America correspondent of NAN in New York on Wednesday that Mr. Lar’s remains would leave the U.S. on Friday and arrive in Nigeria on Saturday.
Mr. Jang requested Mr. Al-Makura to submit names of 10 persons to be members of the burial committee.
He thanked his Nasarawa counterpart who came with a large entourage to commiserate with Mr. Lar’s family and the people of Plateau.
Mr. Al-Makura described Mr. Lar as a man who fought for the emancipation of the middle-belt region, and one who possessed the spirit of a real democrat.
“Baba Lar was an emancipator who gave everyone a sense of belonging irrespective of creed, tribe or religion. These attributes endeared him to many’’, he said.
Mr. Al-Makura said a condolence register would be opened in Nasarawa State Government House for those who could not make it to Plateau to pay their respects.
He promised to join forces with Plateau for the burial.
He prayed that God would grant the decreased eternal rest and the family, the state, and the nation the fortitude to bear the loss.