Senator Ignatius Longjan, has been confirmed dead.
Longjan was the lawmaker representing Plateau South Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, announced this in a statement on Monday, February 10, 2020.
The lawmaker, who once served as the Deputy Governor of Plateau, was said to have died on Sunday night, February 9, 2020 after a protracted illness.
Mourning the senator, Lalong described Longjan’s death as shocking, saying it was a huge loss to not only his family and the people of Plateau South Senatorial District, but the entire state.
The Governor explained that the lawmaker made immense contributions to the development of the state and the country in general.
He added that the state lost a man of honour and candour who in all his affairs always put the interests of Plateau State first.
In a statement by his spokesman, Dr Makut Macham he stated that the deceased humility, humanity and wealth of wisdom was always at display when he weighed on any issue that concerns the people. We will surely miss him, he lamented.
Governor Lalong also recalled how the Former Deputy Governor served Plateau steadfastly and loyally from 2011 to 2015.
He added that the senator also played a significant role in ensuring political stability in the state all through the period of various security challenges the state went through.
The Governor recognised the enormous contributions of the lawmaker on the floor of the Senate where he represented his people with so much passion and projected the interests of Plateau and the Nation in all his contributions.
He sympathised with Longjan’s immediate family and urged the people of the state to accept the sad event as the will of God and pray for the repose of his soul.
Senator Longjan was a chieftain of the All Progressives Party (APC) in Plateau State and Senate Committee Deputy Chairman on Culture and Tourism, until his demise.
He was also a former Chief of Staff to former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang.