Longjan: Lawan, Lalong mourn


President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has commiserated with the family of Senator Ignatius Longjan who died at a Turkish hospital in Abuja on Sunday.
Mr Ola Awoniyi, Special Adviser on Media to Lawan, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Lawan also condoled with the government and people of Plateau over the sad loss of the senator who represented Plateau South at the Senate before his death.
The Senate President acknowledged the contributions of Longjan both at the state and national levels as former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru.
He was also a former Chief of Staff at the Government House in Jos and Plateau Deputy Governor between 2011 and 2019.
Lawan said that the Senate would miss Longjan who was Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism as well as the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The Senate President prayed God to grant those he left behind the fortitude to bear the great loss.
Also, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State expressed sadness over the death of the senator representing Plateau South Zone at the National Assembly.
Lalong in a statement on Monday in Jos by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, described the death as devastating to the state.
He said the state elder statesman’s demise was a huge loss not only to his family, the people of Plateau South Senatorial District, but the entire State because of his immense contributions to the development of the state and the nation.
“We have lost a man of honour and candour who in all his affairs always put the interests of Plateau State first.
“His humility, humanity and wealth of wisdom were always at display when he weighed on any issue that concerns people. We will surely miss him,”he said.
The Governor said Longjan served Plateau State from 2007 to 2015, as Chief of Staff and Deputy Governor, a duty he significantly performed in ensuring political stability through the period of various security challenges the state experienced.
He appreciated the enormous contributions of the late Longjan on the floor of the Senate, where he represented his people with passion and projected the interests of Plateau and the nation .
Lalong, while sympathising with his immediate family, urged the people of Plateau to accept the sad event as the will of God and prayed for the repose of his soul.


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