The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has expressed shock over the demise of Ignatius Longjan, the Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial District.
The senator was said to have had a protracted illness that led to his death.
Confirming the incident, one of his colleagues in the Senate said on the condition of anonymity that "the man is dead but it is either his family, the Plateau State Government or the President of the Senate that could give an official statement on that.
I saw the unfortunate news on senators Whatsapp group this morning. I don’t have details about his death but he has been sick for some time now," he said.
Meanwhile, Governor Lalong, in a statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Monday, described the devastating the death of the senator as a huge loss not to only his family, and 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.
Longjan was a retired career diplomat and a former Chief of Staff to the former Governor of Plateau State Jonah Jang.
Governor Lalong said, “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 the display when he weighed on any issue that concerns people. We will surely miss him.”
The governor recounted Longjan’s good service and also recalled how he served Plateau State steadfastly and loyally from 2007 to 2015. He 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 recognised 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.
Governor Lalong while sympathising 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.