By PALANG KASMI

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has expressed shock over the death of Senator Ignatius Longjan who died after a protracted illness.

Governor Lalong in a statement signed his Director of Press and Public Affair, Makut Simon Macham a copy of which was obtained by THE NIGERIA STANDARD in Jos, described as devastating the death of the Senator who represented Plateau South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

The Governor said the death of the elder statesman was a huge loss to not only 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 has 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”, Governor Lalong lamented.

He also recalled how the former Deputy Governor served the state steadfastly and loyally from 2007 to 2015, and also played a significant role in ensuring political stability in the state all through the period of various security challenges that the State passed through.

Lalong equally recognized the enormous contributions of the deceased on the floor of the Senate where he represented his people with so much passion and projected the interests of Plateau State and the nation in all his contributions.

While sympathizing with his immediate family, urged the people of Plateau State to accept the sad event as the will of God and pray for the repose of his soul.

A retired career diplomat, the late Senator Longjan was a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Party in Plateau State and Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism. He was also former Chief of Staff to the former Governor of Plateau State Jonah Jang.

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