Abuja - The Federal Government and some other Nigerians on Monday continued to pay tribute to late Chief Solomon Lar, a former National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
Vice President Namadi Sambo, at the memorial lecture and tributes organised in honour of Lar in Abuja, said the country had lost a great son and a champion of democracy.
“Lar was a lover of peace who meritoriously served the nation at local, state and national levels. He was a man of the people whose legacy will stand the test of time,” Sambo said.
He stressed that the people of Plateau lost a bridge builder and an emancipator.
In his remarks, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the PDP National Chairman, said that words were not enough to describe Lar’s impact on the country.
According to him, Lar lived his entire life for his people and the less privileged.
Tukur said that the late politician was a kind and loving person to his political associates and opponents.
He added that the first executive governor of Plateau stood for justice and equality, adding that his entire life was dedicated to ensure that the PDP was a respectable party.
He urged all members of the party not to destroy what the founding fathers of the party built over the years.
Also, Gov. Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State said “we have lost a Nigerian who was ready to lay down his life in the course of the poor.”
Chief Tony Anenih, Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, observed that Lar committed his life and time to the peace and unity of the country, adding that he was a loyal party member.
“It was under Lar’s leadership that the PDP produced Olusegun Obasanjo as president.”
“He also produced 21 state governors, 67 members of the Senate, 216 members of the House of Representatives and 464 council chairmen,” Anenih said.
Also, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said that the greatest tribute one could pay to Lar was in action and conduct.
He said that irrespective of political differences, political office holders should be able to give employment to their people, saying that this was the only way to pay tribute to Lar.
Amb. Mary Lar, in her tribute to her late husband, said he was truly a man of the people that gave his life to ensure that no one was oppressed.
She said that her husband left the world a glorious and accomplished man.
She noted that the life and time of Lar would be a waste if peace did not return to the Plateau.
Prof. Isawa Eliagwu, one of the two speakers who delivered the memorial lecture, said that people were mourning and at the same time celebrating a life well spent.
He described the late politician, who passed away on October 9 in the U.S., as an irrepressible democrat who believed in a Nigeria where no man was oppressed.
The other speaker, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, said the life and time of Lar was focused on ensuring human rights.
“Very few African leaders are serious about ensuring human rights and in reality the dividends of democracy are intangible,” Kukah said.
He described Lar as a politician who ensured that his people felt the dividends of democracy through some of his kind gestures.