President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the government and people of Kaduna State to mourn the passing of Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala (Bantex), a former Deputy Governor of the State during the first tenure of Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai.
President Buhari described Architect Bantex as a true gentleman and consummate professional, who will be fondly remembered for his many years of distinguished service in his home State, his patriotism to the nation as well as forthrightness in politics.
The President also affirmed that the former Deputy Governor, who served as chairman of Kaura Local Government Council and member representing Kaura Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, was a potent voice on peace, stability and progress at the State and National level.
The President extended 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.
He also prayed for God to grant the departed eternal rest and comfort those who mourn the irreparable loss.
Meanwhile, Governor el-Rufai has declared tomorrow (12th July) work-free day in honour of late Barnabas Bala Bantex, according to a statement that formally announced the death.
The Governor has sent a personal message of condolence to the family, noting that it was a blessing to know Bantex and to work with him.
The governor also acknowledged his commitment to the progress of Kaduna State and prayed God to grant him peaceful repose and to comfort his family, said a statement issued by Muyiwa Adekeye, the Governor’s Special Adviser (Media & Communication).