By Fausat Bello
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat (NGFS) has expressed sadness over the death of former Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Barnabas Bala who died on Sunday in Abuja after suffering from a prolonged illness.
The Head, Media and Public Affairs NGF Secretariat Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo commiserated with the government and people of the state in a statement on Sunday. He said the death of Mr. Bantex got to the forum secretariat as a huge shock.
He noted that the NGF particularly paid condolence to the Governor of the state, Nasiru el-Rufai, who Bala served meticulously during his first term in office (2015 and 2019) until his resignation.
He said, “He was a man the NGF secretariat held in very high esteem and wished he had recovered from an illness to continue the good work that he left the office of then deputy governor to pursue.”
“Bantex was a good representative of Kaduna state with all its political complications, having led the people of Southern Kaduna in all representative and participatory capacities through the Local Government system and Constitution Review Committees, eventually becoming a deputy governor.
“In the words of el-Rufai, Bantex served his state with all sincerity apart from giving the much-desired hope to the downtrodden in the state.
“Bantex contributed fully to the debates at the NGF whenever he represented el-Rufai during which he displayed full comprehension of all the intricate issues at meetings.
“He would always give the Kaduna State Perspective to debates as if the governor himself were present.”
He also quoted the NGF Director-General, Asishana Okauru as saying that the forum would miss Mr. Bantex’s deep and incisive interventions.
He prayed to God to grant the family of the former deputy governor the fortitude to bear the great loss as we all know how much they love him as theirs but also know that God loves him best.
In a statement made by the special adviser to Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Media and Communication Muyiwa Adekeye, the Kaduna State Government officially announced the death of the former Deputy Governor and declared Monday as work-free day to honour his memory and service to the state.