Gov. Lalong Mourns Miskaham Mwagavul, Da Nelson Bakfur

The executive governor of Plateau state, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has expressed deep sadness over the death of a First Class Traditional Ruler in Plateau State, the Mishkaham Mwagavul, Da Nelson Bakfur who passed on on Tuesday 28th December 2021.

Lalong during a visit to the family of the monarch in Kerang, Mangu Local Government, said he received the news of theĀ  passing of the royal father with shock and grief as the deceased was a peacemaker and a rallying point for not only the Mwagavul nation, but the entire State.

The Governor who was accompanied by the First Lady of the state, Regina Lalong, said “Da Nelson Bakfur did a lot to promote peaceful coexistence and development in his domain since assuming office as Mishkaham Mwaghavul in 1999. As the Chairman of the Mangu Traditional Council, he was very instrumental to the substantial peace recorded in the Local Government as well as the confidence building that grew among various ethnic groups in the Area. This facilitated the resolution of many disputes which prevented escalation”.

The Governor also paid tribute to the late Royal Father for his passion for economic emancipation of his people as well as paying special attention to educational development. He said the Royal Father also motivated the people to participate in agriculture and produce food for the State and nation at large.

While encouraging the immediate family and the Mwagavul nation to accept the passing of the late royal father as the will of God, Lalong challenged them to keep his legacies alive and continue to embibe his good virtues.

Responding to the governor’s visit, Da Philemon Mutang, District Head of Kerang said the visit of the Governor to the family is consoling and reassuring which further demonstrates the good relationship that existed between the Governor and the late Royal Father. Commissioner for Minerals Development Hon. Jude Dakur prayed for the family and for the repose of the soul of the Royal Father.

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