President Muhammadu Buhari, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Chairman of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Kaduna State, Mr. Philemon Kure, yesterday expressed shock over the death of former Kaduna State Deputy Governor Barnabas Bala (Bantex).
Bala, who was Kaduna State deputy governor from May 2015 to May 2019, died yesterday in a government hospital in Abuja.
He was 64.
A statement in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, 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