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Lar died poor leaving me with the message of uniting Nigeria — Wife recounts May 8, 2018 Late

Chief Solomon Lar, the pioneer National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Governor of Plateau State, died as a poor man and only left me with the message of keeping Nigeria as one, his wife, Professor Mary Lar, has said. She made the statement recently during an interview with our correspondent in Jos, recounting the life of her husband after five years since he died. Baba died helping others and did not acquire wealth for himself. He left a legacy of a philanthropist, living his life for others and has little or nothing for himself; I am not even sure he has up to N1 million in his account before he died. At the hospital bed, his doctor told us to ask baba to give us his last words and all baba could say is going and my country men to unite themselves and live as one entity”, she said. She said that she had always asked the late politician why he did not amass wealth and build houses like other politicians but that the reply she got from him was on how he was educated on other people’s sweat. They contributed their sweat to send me to school; I cannot forget that,” she quoted Mr. Lar as saying to her. She said that rather than telling her why he remained poor, the deceased stressed the need for his children to strive for good name, adding that the late politician said: “a good name will always open doors for you.” She said that her husband was also a very good Christian and a lover of the people even at the point of his demise. He never ceased expressing faith in God and his love for the people while on his sick bed, even when he knew his end had come,” she said. The wife of the late politician said because of the love his late husband had for the country he took a bold step to deliver a letter to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, seeking an end to his military dictatorship. If all the leaders in this country had his kind of heart, Nigeria would have been a better place as his interest was not for parochial and selfish purpose. aba Lar was our pillar and we miss him so much. Baba was a friend of the downtrodden he did not discriminate. Baba took care of his citizens; he was there for the needy. To demonstrate that he does not discriminate, he appointed a Yoruba man as commissioner during his time as Governor of Plateau”, Lar’s wife said. Our correspondent however reports that Solomon Lar’s political antecedent cannot be for gotten in a hurry. During the Nigerian Third Republic, Lar was a supporter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). He was appointed Minister of Police Affairs by the government of General Sani Abacha, later resigning when he realized Abacha was not serious about restoring democracy. In the transition to the Nigerian Fourth Republic, Lar became the first National Chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998, holding this position until 2002 when he handed over to Chief Barnabas Gemade. During the primaries of 2003, Lar ensured that Joshua Dariye, again became the party flag bearer and further worked to return Dariye after the general elections. This was in spite of protests by people as a result of Dariye’s alleged leadership failure and inglorious roles in the 2001 religious crisis that destabilized Jos. Solomon Lar remained a power in the PDP until 2005, when he supported Vice President Atiku Abubakar in his falling out with President Olusegun Obasanjo, and later supported Atiku’s bid for the Presidency in 2007. In April 2006, Lar also welcomed the decision of former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida to compete for President in the 2007 elections, saying that in a democracy anyone was entitled to run. Solomon Lar’s daughter, Beni Lar contested and won a seat Langtang North/Langtang south federal constituency in the Federal House of Representatives in 2007 and remains a federal representative till today. However, on what the PDP has become, his wife said, “young ones are asking me ‘where is the PDP Baba teamed up with others to establish?, what is lacking today is that people don’t want to dialogue, they want things done from their point of view and we don’t consider others. When people are full of selves, things cannot move as expected. We need to bow down and listen. My husband listen to people a lot and know how to blend their views into whatever views he had so that it will be acceptable to the people and to him. But this is difficult for the young once, they don’t even know where to go: the PDP need retrace it’s steep and come back as a strong political party that it use to be, a party that has love for people not selfish people who want to be president or leaders for themselves. We want people who will consider the citizens and work for them rather than being so selfish” she said.

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