Jos—Plateau House of Assembly, yesterday, called on the state government to immortalise the late Chief Solomon Lar who died in the U.S.
Lar, the pioneer National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Damocratic Party, PDP, was a two-time governor of the state and a former minister of Police Affairs.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Lar who hailed from Lantang South local government in Plateau State died in a U.S. hospital on October 9.
The Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Joyce Ramnap, PDP- Lantang South, in a motion called for the immortalisation of Lar, who she said championed democracy and the rule of law in his lifetime.
The motion, seconded by Timothy Golu, PDP, Kanke, was endorsed by the House by unanimous vote. The Speaker, Mr. Titus Alarms, later mandated the Clerk of the Assembly to forward a communication to that effect to the executive.
Ramnap recalled that Lar stood for peace and lived the biblical injunction of “love your enemies.”
“He practically loved his enemies; he was humble and related to the poor the same way he related to the affluent,” she said.
Ramnap noted that the House session dedicated to the late former governor was not one for mourning, as Lar lived above the biblical age of 70 years, having attained 80 years of age, but an occasion to thank God, adding, “I call for his immortalisation.”
Sadat Garga (PDP-Katana) said what was worth emulating from the late sage was that his words were few and always weighty.
He said that Lar should be immortalised for his landmark achievements in the areas of provision of health facilities across the state and for the establishment of the Plateau Radio and Television Stations which he bequeathed to the state as the former governor.
Ibrahim Baba Hassan, APC-Jos North, said Lar shunned materialism in his life time and that he had no house of his own in
Abuja and called on other politicians to emulate his selflessness.
Ponmak Rindap (PDP-Lantang North) said that Lar, in spite of his towering political stature, never stepped on any toe, big or small in his life time.
“He used to tell us, I have nothing and I will live nothing for my children if I die, I will leave only a good name,” he said.
NAN reports that the House observed a minute silence in honour of the deceased.