Bantex was an illustrious Southern Kaduna son, elder statesman – Pam…Bags global peace award

The executive secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, has described a former deputy governor of Kaduna state, Bala Bantex, who died recently in Abuja after a brief illness as an elder statesman and an illustrious son of Southern Kaduna.

According to a press statement issued by the Commission’s media and public relations unit, the NCPC boss stated this when he led members of the agency’s board on a condolence visit to the deceased’s family in Abuja.

He noted that the news of his death went viral because he cherished keeping good relationships “more than anything else.”

“My presence here is to say please be comforted. You should take solace in the fact that, according to our Lord, the meaning of death for believers means that our brother is sleeping. Be comforted with such words of the scriptures at a time like this.

“As Christians we must all prepare our ways and there should be a lot of lessons to be learnt from the death of His Excellency,” he said.

Rev. Pam advised the deceased’s wife to ensure that the good legacy of her departed husband “lives on,” and called on the government not to abandon the family.

In another development, the NCPC boss has been recognised as Ambassador of America University for Global Peace, USA, by the Board of Nelson Mandela Noble Peace Awards on July 12, 2021.

Receiving the award in his office, he noted that the Nelson Mandela Noble Peace Awards “stands for justice and fairness,” adding that, “Nelson Mandela fought for peace and justice and the liberation of the human race and your board is doing the same at this time that our country is in dire need for peace.”

He called on religious leaders to use religion to correct the mistakes of the past and build the nation,” saying, “Let’s come together to fight the evil that has befallen us and rebuild Nigeria.”

“We will work together; we will share our wealth of experience for the purpose of peace and national development,” he said.

Earlier, the national chairman of the Nelson Mandela Nobel Peace Awards Board, Apostle Chuks Alozie, congratulated Rev. Pam for his appointment as the executive secretary of the NCPC, saying “this is a well-deserved appointment.”

“Your peace efforts and activities are what have brought us to your office to share ideas with you as regards peace and nation building,” he said.