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President mourns late Balat

19 February 2014, 07:37Augustine Osayande

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan paid tribute to the late senator, Isaiah Balat, the Special Adviser (Special Duties) to Vice President Namadi Sambo.

Balat died on Tuesday from an undisclosed illness. He was 62.

“On behalf of himself and the Federal Government, President extends sincere condolences to the Vice President, his staff and all others who had the pleasure of working with Senator Balat at the Presidential Villa. The President also condoles Senator Balat’s wife, children and relatives as well as his kinsmen, people of Kaduna State and supporters whose interests he capably represented and defended throughout his political career,” Reuben Abati,Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, stated.

According to Abati, Jonathan received with great shock and sorrow the news of the sudden death of the senator.

He said the President joined the former minister’s family in mourning the affable political leader who will be remembered for serving meritoriously as a Senator and Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The President prays that God Almighty will receive the soul of Senator Balat whom he had the pleasure of working with at close quarters in the Presidential Villa over the past three years and grant him eternal rest,” Abati stated.

-    CAJ News

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