Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has commiserated with his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, and the people of Kaduna State, on the death of the immediate past deputy governor of the State, Barnabas Bantex.
Fayemi, in a condolence message to el-Rufai, described Bantex’s death as unfortunate and a great loss to the people of Kaduna State, “considering his contributions to the development of the state in different capacities
The deceased was deputy governor under el-Rufai between 2015 and 2019.
Fayemi averred that the late Bantex was a dedicated and loyal deputy and a party chieftain whose commitment and contributions to the All Progressives Congress (APC) were quite significant.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum added that Bantex was reputed for his unflinching loyalty to Governor El-Rufai with whom he had partnered to creatively manage the ethnic and religious diversity in Kaduna State.
He added that the deceased was a detribalised Nigerian and a man who worked to ensure religious tolerance and harmony between Christians and Muslims in the southern part of the state.
“I commiserate with the government and people of Kaduna State for this great loss. I condole with my brother, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, for losing such a dependable friend.
“It must have been shocking and heartrending to lose someone whose friendship predates politics.
“It is on record that the late Barnabas Bantex was a patriotic Nigerian who gave his all for the development of his state. Losing such a rare breed politician is not only unfortunate but a major loss to the government and people of the state.
“We pray God grant the family of the deceased and the good people of Kaduna State the fortitude to bear this great loss”, Fayemi prayed.