Northern governors mourn deceased Kaduna former deputy governor


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The Northern State Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has condoled with the immediate family of the deceased former deputy governor of Kaduna State, Arch. Barnabas Bala, the government and people of the state and expressed their deep sorrow over the sad incident.

Periscope International recalls that the former deputy governor died on Sunday after a brief illness.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Simon Macham in Jos late on Sunday, described the late deputy governor as an accomplished professional architect, politician of high repute and integrity, who served his community, state and Nigeria with passion, honesty and patriotism.

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“Our brother and friend was a man whose primary concern was on how to ensure that justice, peace and progress prevailed among people of various religious and ethnic backgrounds, as well as build a common ground for peaceful coexistence.

“This was clearly demonstrated in the way he conducted himself as the pioneer Secretary-General of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU); Chairman, Kaura Local Government; Member Representing Kaura Federal Constituency at the National Assembly; Deputy Governor of Kaduna State between 2015 and 2019; as well as several other responsibilities he was assigned throughout his life time.

“Apart from his passion for the development of the country, the late Bantex was always desirous of the rapid development and unity of the North, as he worked with the Forum vigorously towards adressing insecurity, poverty, disease, illiteracy and misunderstandings exacerbated by ethno-religious sentiments.

“While praying God to grant his soul eternal rest and comfort his family, his legacies will continue to be remembered for a very long time.

The northern governors therefore extend their condolences to the government and people of Kaduna State,” the statement added.

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