Late Solomon Lar’s body arrives Abuja today

The remains of the Second Republic Governor of Plateau State and pioneer National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Solomon Lar, will arrive the Abuja International Airport today.

Chairman of the national burial committee, Prof. Jerry Gana, announced this at a press briefing to unveil the burial rites in Abuja.

Gana was accompanied to the briefing by other members of the burial committee, including Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku; former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ibrahim Mantu; and former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mrs. Pauline Tallen.

Gana also announced that the remains of Lar would be interred on Friday, December 13, after a weeklong of activities.

He said, “The body will be received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. The airport reception will be at 6am. On Saturday at 3pm will be the main commendation service where friends, associates and the general public will be given the opportunity pay their last respect at the National Christian Centre.

“We invite the general public to be at that service to pay their last respect to the departed Chief Solomon Lar. On Tuesday at 11am, the House of Representatives will be holding a special session for the late Lar. Chief Solomon was a member of parliament in the First Republic. He was initially a Minister of State and later a Member of Parliament.”
Other programmes announced included a memorial lecture to be held on Monday at the Ladi Kwali Hall of Abuja Sheralton Hotel and Towers. Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah; and Prof. Jonah Eliagwu are billed to deliver the lecture.

On Tuesday, the body will depart Abuja for Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State, for lying in state. Nasarawa State was part of the old Plateau State when Lar was governor of the state.

The body will move to Langtang in Plateau for lying in state.

The late Lar belonged to the Tarok-speaking people of Plateau State. Their ancestral home is Langtang. Langtang is also the headquarters of the Langtang Local Government Area of Plateau State.