The Berom Educational and Cultural Organization (BECO) writes with a heart full of pain, but totally in submission to the infallible will of God, over the home calling of our highly respected father, and revered sage, Da Labwat Dawa. Until his demise, after a life well lived to the praise and glory of God, was a devout Christian and member of the Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN), Sarkin Mangu branch, as well as the Da Manjey of Apata Ward of Jos.

Da Labwat was a very skillful and pragmatic leader with a rare disposition to communal harmony and committed to peaceful coexistence. This made his domain, though of great ethnic heterogeneity, a cosmopolitan and the most peaceful ward of the city of Jos. He loved and lived peacefully with all residents of his domain. He brought up his children very well and over time became a father to many, extending beyond his ethnic group. His domain never witnessed any uprising of any sort, in all the crises that engulfed the city of Jos and beyond, over the years.

We are not surprised that God blessed him with such longevity of life and rare ability to manage the affairs of human beings. Dara’s lifespan of over a hundred years was well lived in the service of humanity and to the glory of God. We will mourn Dara today and always, because his immeasurable counseling, advices and guidance will be missed. We are however consoled by the fact and conviction that Dara is with his creator in a far better place.

BECO, on behalf of the Berom nation worldwide, pays glowing tributes to our fallen hero and leader. We wish to condole the immediate family, friends, well-wishers, his immediate Apata community, the Berom nation and the entire state. We pray God almighty to comfort us all and grant us the grace, strength and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss in his demise.

Chollom D. Gyang
Secretary General