President asks Nigerians to emulate Lar
The President, Goodluck Jonathan, has challenged Nigerians to live an exemplary life just like late pioneer chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Solomon Lar.
Mr. Jonathan spoke on Friday at the funeral service of Mr. Lar, held at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium in Jos.
“Late Lar was our mentor, he was loved by all. If we had people like him, Nigeria would have been a better country,” the president said. “We are not mourning our great leader, but we are celebrating him. We are all pleased by his achievements.”
Some of the dignitaries at the event were the Senate president, David Mark; PDP national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, former head of state, Yakubu Gowon; and Governors of Plateau, Nasarawa, Bauchi and Akwa Ibom States: Jonah Jang, Tanko Almakura, Isa Yuguda and Godswill Akpabio; as well as the acting governor of Taraba State, Kumar Garba.
Others were the Speaker House of Representative, Aminu Tambuwal; national committee chairman of the funeral committee, Jerry Gana; former Minister of Defense, Theophilus Danjuma; and former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu.
Ministers in attendance included Labaran Maku (Information); Abba Moro (Interior), Bala Mohammed (FCT) while the Senate President, David Mark and the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha also graced the occasion.
In his address, Mr. Jang said Mr. Lar was a symbol of national unity.
Security was tight around the venue and other parts of Jos metropolis. Security personnel were deployed to strategic junctions, while vehicular movement was diverted to other areas considered less busy.
The spokesperson of the Plateau Police Command, Felicia Anselm, while commenting on the security arrangement, declared that adequate measures were put in place to avoid any hitch.
“We have left nothing to chance; we have enough men on ground and the situation is fully under control,’’ she said.
Mr. Lar, a former Plateau Governor, died in the U.S. on October 9 at 85.
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