Governor Simon Bako Lalong on Thursday marked his 59th birthday with a low-key celebration which saw only his close family members, a few government officials and aides attending the event at his Rayfield residence Jos, Plateau State.

Lalong canceled all elaborate celebrations to honour two young professional golfers he had mentored over the years who won gold medals for the state, including during the last National Sports Festival in Edo State. 

The two young men who are very close to the Governor in the game of golf were killed in an accident while returning from a golf kitty at the Rhino Golf Course in Jos shortly after the Sallah celebration.

Governor Lalong expressed grief at the tragic death of the young men who contributed a lot to the game in Plateau and Nigeria, as well as become models for others youths.

He prayed for the repose of their souls and God’s comfort for their families. 

Deputy Governor Prof. Sonni Tyoden eulogised the Governor, stating that his leadership has promoted harmony, peace and massive infrastructural development at all levels. 

He testified to the good heart of the Governor, saying his decisions are always anchored in the interest of the citizens. 

Tyoden prayed God to continue to grant him success, good health and opportunities to serve the people. 

Deputy Chaplain of the Government House Chapel Rev. Dewan offered special prayers for the Governor and his family as well as for the peace and progress of the state. 



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