Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau on Friday in Abuja at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, renamed the Plateau State University after Chief Solomon Lar, the late first executive Governor of the state.
Lar’s corpse arrived at the airport at 6.00 a.m. aboard a British Airways flight BA-O83 from London where he died on Oct. 9, at the age of 80.
Jang also announced that Dec. 11 to 13 would be observed as mourning days in Plateau to honour the departed.
He declared that Dec. 13, the day Lar would be finally laid to rest, would be observed as a work-free day in the state.
According to Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the PDP National Chairman, the vacuum created by the death of Lar will be difficult to fill.
This, he said, was so because Lar “was an emancipator of the less privileged and a democrat of repute”, adding that the late politician was“the light in the firmament of Nigerian politics’’.
Lar was said to have stood up to the dreaded Abacha regime when he personally handed over a letter from the G-8 (group of eight prominent politicians that formed the PDP) to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.
His remains were received at the airport by the PDP National Chairman, Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau, Prof. Jerry Gana, Mrs Paulin Tallen and the FCT Minister, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan.
Also at the airport were some cabinet members of the Plateau Government, Mrs Sarah Ochepe, Minister of Water Resources, and some Christian associations.
A brief mass was conducted at the airport in his honour before his remains were eventually conveyed to his Abuja Maitama residence
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