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Barnabas Yusuf Bala's death, Governor El-Rufai declares July 12, as public holiday

Former Deputy Governor, Arch Barnabas Bantex died today Sunday, July 11, aged 64, after a brief illness. His passing grieved his Excellency Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai who held him in high esteem.

Hence, in honour and recognition of Bantex, El-Rufai announced July 12th as a national holiday.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye.

Statement reads, "The Kaduna state Government has formally announced the death of former Deputy governor of His Excellency, Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala (Bantex).

"The state government has declared Monday, 12th July 2021 as a work-free day in honour of his memory and service to the state.

“Architect Barnabas Bala, who served as Deputy Governor of Kaduna State from May 2015 to May 2019, died today in Abuja.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai 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 acknowledged his commitment to the progress of Kaduna State and prayed God to grant him peaceful repose and to comfort his family.”

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