More tributes poured out yesterday for the first civilian Governor of Plateau State, Chief Solomon Lar, during a valedictory session for him at the state High Court in Jos.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice,Edward Pwajok, had after paying tribute, raised among other motions, that the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Lazarus Dakyen, grant that the lined up funeral rites be performed before the mortal remains of Lar be taken to Langtang for burial today.
The motion was supported by the state chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), when its Chairman, Ladak Dafer, also gave a glowing tribute to the deceased, who was also one of them.
Thereafter, various dignitaries, including Governor Jonah Jang, his Bauchi counterpart, Mallam Isa Yuguda, chairman of the burial committee, Professor Jerry Gana, and Lar’s family took turn to extol the virtues of the first National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Lar was praised for establishing Nomadic Education for the Fulani, and for establishing the first Customary Court of Appeal in the state, and also the first state High Court outside Jos city in the state. He was identified as a co-founder of the Nigerian Legal Aid Council to give free legal services and access to justice to the poor.
While Gana described him as a man of great vision, who understood the yearnings of his people and identified with them.
Yuguda said he was a man of love and peace, from whom he drew wise counsel. Others described him as Nelson Mandela for democracy, who gave his all to ensure that the oppressed were liberated.
The deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Ignatius Longjan, who represented the governor, recalled his last moment with the deceased, whom he said had invited him to his house to discuss certain things with him before his trip to the United States where he finally passed on.
His daughter, Hon. Beni Lar, while giving a vote of thanks, also described him as a quintessential family man, who meant many things to many people. For her, she learnt politics and selflessness from her father.
Lar’s body was later taken to Government House chapel, Rayfield and headquarters of Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) for lying in state and a service of songs by the family respectively.