Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has sent his condolences to the family of the late former governor of Plateau State and founding chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Solomon Lar.
“On behalf of himself and the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to the Lar Family, Governor Jonah Jang, the people of Plateau State, the people of the Middle Belt and all others for whom Chief Solomon was a much beloved, charismatic and inspirational political leader,” Reuben Abati Special Adviser to the President Media and Publicity, stated.
Lar died on Wednesday evening in the United States following a protracted illness.
He was 80.
Abati said Jonathan received the news of the death with "immense sadness and a feeling of immense national loss."
President Jonathan urges them to take solace in the knowledge that Lar lived a long and most fulfilled life, and that his immense contributions to communal, state and national development have assured him of a place amongst the eternal heroes of the Nigerian nation.
"The President joins them in mourning the passage of a truly great leader who’s eventful and highly successful political career predated Nigeria’s independence."
Abati said Jonathan trusted that present and future generations of Nigerians would always acknowledge and honour Lar’s role as one of the founders and architects of the country’s current democratic dispensation.
"The President prays that God Almighty who blessed the Nigerian nation with the gift of Chief Lar’s acclaimed leadership abilities for so many decades, will receive his soul, and grant him a well-deserved rest from his earthly labour."
- CAJ News