by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Former Governor and Senator representing Plateau’s Northern Senatorial District, Senator Jonah David Jang, has expressed deep sense of sorrow on the passing way of former Deputy Senate President, Senator (Dr) Ibrahim N. Mantu.
While making his speech on the demise of the late Senator Mantu, Jang stressed thus: “Senator Mantu was a brave and courageous Plateau elder statesman, who stuck in neck for the interest, growth of the state, not only during his reign as Deputy President of the Senate but throughout his entire political career.
“He distinguished himself in politics such that he became a household name whenever the politics of Plateau State and Nigeria was a subject of discussion.
“He was reputed to have stood for and supported any Plateau man, who aspired for anything at the national level, and his love for the state and for his people will remain indelible in the history of our dear state.”
Senator Jang described late Mantu as a very loyal, dedicated and committed party man, who remained in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) until his demise, and at a time where it was the practice to leave one party for the other to satisfy inordinate political ambitions.
According to Jang, “The late Senator Mantu had shown us that ambition does not override loyalty and commitment to the ideals and tenets that one should hold dear, even in the face of loss of political power.
“The late Senator had risen to greater a height in his political career; yet, was an embodiment of humility, a devout Muslim, community leader and a father to many.
“His enormous contributions to the development of his people, Plateau State and the nation at large will forever be cherished and remembered, and he lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation, and the vacuum he left behind will be difficult to fill, not just in Pyemland, Plateau State, but the nation at large,” Jang noted.
“On behalf of my family and all people of goodwill, particularly those of us, who worked closely with him and benefitted from his magnanimity and camaraderie, pray that the Almighty God will give the entire family, especially the immediate family, the courage and fortitude to bear this irreparable and painful loss.
“He was indeed, a leader, support system for his people, a peacemaker and a true Plateau patriot throughout his life. We will miss his wise counsel and the exemplary lifestyle he led,” Jang said.