The former deputy governor’s father died at the age of 102.
Paul Kattiem, the father of the immediate past deputy governor of Plateau State, Pauline Tallen, has died at the age of 102.
A family source said Mr. Katim died at his residence in Jos, on June 9 at about 3 a.m.
Paying condolence at the home of the former deputy governor in Jos on Tuesday, Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang, said late Mr. Kattiem will be given a state burial as part of the state’s appreciation of his contributions in developing the state and humanity in general.
“He has accomplished all that is required of him,” Mr. Jang said of Mr. Kattiem.
The governor, who was accompanied on the condolence visit by his deputy, Ignatius Longjan, said the late Mr. Kattiem lived an exemplary and a fulfilled life.
“Death is a necessary end; therefore, Pa Kattiem has to leave us at the time God appointed him,” he said.
According to Mr. Jang, the death of Mr. Kattiem calls for celebration. He advised the family not to mourn their father as unbelievers do. He added that the deceased was among those who received Christ at an early age and have served God diligently.
The death of the father of the Ms. Tallen might have wiped away the bitter relationship between Mr. Jang and the former deputy governor. The two had been at loggerheads since two years after assuming office in 2007 as governor and deputy. It was alleged that the governor had denied his former deputy her salaries, allowances and other due entitlements for close to two years before the end of their four-year tenure.
The situation even deteriorated to verbal confrontations between the two during the 2011 election campaign. The political rivalry eventually led to Ms. Tallen decamping to the Labour Party where she challenged her former boss in the governorship election during the 2011 polls.
Responding on behalf of the family, an elder statesman in Gumai land, Anthony Humsuk, thanked the governor and his entourage for the show of concern to the Kattiem family. Mr. Humsuk described Mr. Kattiem as a righteous person while alive and prayed for the repose of his soul.
Mr. Kattiem is survived by three of his five children.