The Plateau state government has announced the death of Solomon Lar, the first civilian governor of the state.
Mr. Lar died in a U.S. hospital, after a protracted illness.
The Plateau state governor, Jonah Jang, announced his death on Wednesday in Jos.
“He died at about 3.00 a.m. American time (about 9.00 a.m. Nigerian time),” the governor told reporters on Wednesday evening.
Rumours of his death surfaced about 24hours before his demise but the rumours were quickly quelled by one of his aides who said he wasn’t dead but on life support.
He was a member of the first national parliament when Nigeria gained independence in 1960. He was elected governor of Plateau State on the Nigerian People’s Party (NPP) platform during the Nigerian Second Republic, holding office from October 1979 until the Military coup of 31 December 1983 that brought General Muhammadu Buhari to power.
He was also founding chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The late Solomon lar was born in Pongaa, Langtang, Plateau State in April 1933.