The Late Senator Longjan.

By M. Peter -Jos

Citizens of Plateau State have continued to eulogize the former Deputy Governor of the State, Senator Ignatius Longjan who died in the early hours of Monday.

The late Longjan, 75 a retired career diplomat was a serving Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial zone on the platform of the All Progressives Congress and until his demise; he was Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism as well as Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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Among those who commented are a former Ambassador of Nigeria to Switzerland, Yahaya Kwande, a former State PDP Chairman, Raymond Dabo, Member representing Mangu/Bokkos federal constituency, Solomon Maren, a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the State, Dakas Dakas.

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Ambassador Yahaya Kwande, said the death was a big loss to Plateau state.

“We feel very sorry, it is a big loss to the community. He was a very nice person, well trained diplomat who knew how to handle human beings. His orientation as a diplomat helped to project him to the love of the people of Plateau State.”

In his tribute, Solomon Maren said he had the privilege of working with him, when he was the Deputy Governor.

“We worked closely as a team from 2011-2015, I cherish every fond memories we had. No one and nothing can fill the void created; he was an embodiment of humility, a courageous leader and a man of honour.”

Dakas Dakas SAN said Longjan’s death was a ,“a monumental loss!”

“We will miss his uncommon humility, dedicated public service and enormous contributions to the development of our dear State. May God grant him eternal rest and comfort members of his family, friends, political associates, well wishers, as well as the government and good people of Plateau State.”

Many others including the President of the Senate, Senate Ahmad Lawan have mourned the demise of Senator Longjan.