Solomon Lar is now a name of a university

Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau on Friday in Abuja, renamed the Plateau State University after Chief Solomon Lar, the late first executive Governor of the state.
Jang announced this at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, where the remains of the late politician were formally received on arrival from London.
His corpse arrived at the airport at 6.00 a.m. aboard a British Airways flight BA-O83 from London where he died on Oct. 9, at the age of 80.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lar, who was also the pioneer National Chairman of the PDP, midwifed the formation of the party and led it to victory in the 1999 general elections.
Jang also announced that Dec. 11 to 13 would be observed as mourning days in Plateau to honour the departed.
He declared that Dec. 13, the day Lar would be finally laid to rest, would be observed as a work-free day in the state.
According to Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the PDP National Chairman, the vacuum created by the death of Lar will be difficult to fill.
This, he said, was so because Lar “was an emancipator of the less privileged and a democrat of repute”, adding that the late politician was“the light in the firmament of Nigerian politics’’.
Tukur said that Lar was one among those who openly challenged the military during the military administration in the country.


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