Lafia - Governor Umaru Al-makura of Nasarawa State on Tuesday said the demise of Chief Solomon Lar, former National Chairman of PDP, as a "monumental loss'' to the nation’s democracy.
Al-makura, who spoke at the lying-in-state of late Lar in Lafia, added that his demise was a loss not only to his family and the people of Plateau, but to entire Nigerians.
The governor said this was because the deceased died fighting for the rule of law and true democracy.
He said it was significant that throughout his “remarkable life, late Lar retained the humble and unassuming mien of a technocrat”, adding that as a great leader, he earned the respect of all.
According to him, late Lar has contributed immensely to the socio economic development of Nigerians, particularly the battle to hand over power to politicians from the military rule.
Al-makura said the death of the former governor of Plateau had created a vacuum which would be difficult to fill.
In his remarks, Alhaji Aliyu Akwe-Doma, the former Governor of Nasarawa State, said the late politician fought for equity and justice for all and sundry.
Akwe-Doma, who was late Lar’s deputy governor in the first republic, said that Nigerians lost a great leader who contributed immensely to the peace, unity and growth of the country.
The former governor said late Lar lived a life worthy of emulation while his legacies would remain in the country for “time immemorial”.