By Eunice Nze-Peters
He literally fought death for a while. But by Wednesday, October 9, 2013, Solomon Daushep Lar, first civilian governor of the old Plateau State and first national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, succumbed to the Grim Reaper. He died in the United States, US, aged 80.
One of the longest serving gladiators on the Nigerian political scene, Lar was born in Pongaa, Langtang, Plateau State, at a time when records of birth were not commonly kept. So, it is therefore difficult to determine the exact date he was born in April 1933. This background did not however prevent him from achieving his goals in life. At first, he had set out to be a clergyman but fate had a different plan for him as he was elected councillor to the Langtang Natives Authority in January 1959. By December of the same year, Lar had been elected to represent his constituency at the Federal Parliament on the platform of the then United Middle Belt Congress, UMBC, and was re-elected in 1964. He served in the Federal Parliament until January 15, 1966 when Nigeria experienced its first military coup.
Taking a break from politics, Lar decided to pursue his education further. He enrolled at the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, to study law and graduated in 1970. He set up a private legal practice after he was called to bar in 1971 and was co-founder and first National Secretary of the Nigerian Legal Aid Association.
In 1972, Lar joined the Board of Amalgamated Tin Mines of Nigeria. He became chairman of the Board of Directors of African Continental Bank, Member of the Nigeria Council of Legal Education and a member of the Constituent Assembly from 1977 to 1978. He was vice-chairman of the panel chaired by Justice Ayo Irikefe that recommended the expansion of Nigerian states from 12 to 19 states during …
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