Akin Akande, Abuja
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, has likened the death of the first civilian Governor of Plateau State, Chief Solomon Daushep Lar, to a fall of a big political iroko.
In his tribute to the late ebullient politician, he described his death as a great loss for the country and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in particular.
Speaking on the legacies of the late eminent politician, the minister described him as a devout democrat and patriot whose love for his country was never in doubt.
He described the late first National Chairman of PDP as a great counsellor whose dispassionate inputs would be dearly missed.
He stressed that his legacies would remain for a long time as a source of inspiration for younger politicians.
The minister also said that the FCT was particularly pained over the death of the late statesman, stressing that most of his later years, especially the last 20 years were spent in the Federal Capital Territory.
He also stated that the virtues of unity, oneness, harmony and peace in Nigeria, which the late Solomon Lar epitomized, are the cardinal principles upon which Abuja as the Federal Capital of Nigeria and centre of unity was founded.
Senator Mohammed further condoled the Lar family and the Plateau State Government and urged them to take solace in the fact that he lived a life worthy of emulation.
He prayed that God should grant them the fortitude to bear the huge loss and for the gentle soul of the departed statesman eternal rest.