The Northern States Governors’ Forum (NGF) has described former deputy governor of Kaduna state, Barnabas Bala Bantex a promoter of justice, peace and progress amongst people of divergent faiths.
Chairman of NGF and Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong, stated this in a condolence message, signed by his director of press, Dr. Makut Macham.
The governors expressed deep sorrow over the death of the former deputy governor fondly referred to as Bantex.
“Our brother and friend was a man whose primary concern was on how to ensure that justice, peace and progress prevail among people of various religious and ethnic backgrounds as well as building common ground for peaceful coexistence.
“This was clearly demonstrated in the way he conducted himself as 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,” Lalong said.
He said 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 addressing insecurity, poverty, disease, illiteracy and misunderstandings exacerbated by ethno-religious sentiments.
He said late Bantex was an accomplished professional, politician of high repute and integrity, who served his community, state and Nigeria with passion, honesty and patriotism.
While praying God to grant his soul eternal rest and comfort his family, Governor Lalong said late Bantex’s legacies will continue to be remembered for a very long time.
Lalong expressed the Forum’s commiseration to the late Bantex’s immediate family, the governor and people of Kaduna state over the sad incident.