Lar, a nationalist, statesman –Ihedioha

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, has expressed shock over the death of the former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Second Republic Governor of Plateau State, Solomon Lar, describing it as a national loss.

In a condolence message to the deceased family and Plateau State Government, Ihedioha, who spoke from Switzerland where he is attending the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference, noted that he received the news of Lar’s death with pains and regrets.

Describing Lar as a nationalist, statesman and detribalised Nigerian, he stated that Nigeria had lost one of the finest politicians the nation has ever produced, who, for a long time, remained a link between the old and new breed politicians.

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He observed that for more than four decades, Lar bestrode the nation’s political space like a colossus, submitting that the gap created in the political firmament by his death, would be too ample to fill.

He regretted that Lar died at a time the nation would have benefitted much more from his immense political experience

He said: ”it is unfortunate that Chief Lar had to bow out at a time we would have tapped more significantly from his deep political knowledge.

“His contributions to political development and nation building are unassailable and profound.”

According to Ihedioha, Lar would be remembered for his political maturity, forthrightness, humility and dedication to national development.

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He enjoined the deceased family, people and government of Plateau State to bear the loss with solace.

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