President Muhammadu Buhari, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Chairman of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Kaduna State, Mr. Philemon Kure, have expressed their grief over the death of ex- Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Barnabas Bala, who was fondly called Bantex.
Bala, who served as the state deputy governor between May 2015 and May 2019, died yesterday in a government hospital in Abuja, at the age of 64.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the president and others joined to mourn his death.
The statement reads:
“President Buhari joins the government and people of Kaduna State to mourn the passing of Bala (Bantex), a former deputy governor of the state during the first tenure of Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai.
“President Buhari believes that Bantex, a true gentleman and consummate professional, will be fondly remembered for his many years of distinguished service in his home state, his patriotism to the country as well as forthrightness in politics.
“The President also affirms that the former deputy governor, who served as Chairman of Kaura Local Government Area, was also the member representing Kaura Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
“The President extends his deepest condolences to the family of Bala, his friends, associates and many followers who benefited immensely from his responsible stewardship as a public servant and political office holder.
“President Buhari prays God Almighty to grant the departed eternal rest and comfort those who mourn the irreparable loss.”
The president, The ACF and ADC state chairmen, Governor El-Rufai, and others commensurated with the family of the deceased.
They gave testimonies of how Late Bala contributed immensely to the progress of the state, and the legacy he is leaving behind.
The Kaduna State government has also declared today, 12th July 2021 as work-free day in honour of the late Barnabas Bala’s service to the state.
Source: The Nation
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