A former Minister ,Senator Isaiah Balat is dead. Balat was said to have died at the National Hospital, Abuja after a brief illness. Report of his death took many by surprise as the ex minister was believed to be actively involved in political calculations for Kaduna state and even at the national level.
He was a senior special adviser to Vice President Namadi Sambo on special duties.He was born October 23, 1952 and died aged 62.
A statement said President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, literally broke down in tears today (Tuesday) when the news of the untimely death of Senator Isaiah Balat filtered into town.
Senator Mark lamented the death of Balat whom he described as an astute politician, a distinguished parliamentarian, respectable colleague and gentleman.
Senator Mark recalled his relationship with Balat in the Senate between 2003 and 2007 and submitted, “Balat was a friend and a brother.”
He noted that Balat was one of the shinning lights in the political scene and indeed demonstrated his love, patriotism and dedication to the ideals of nationhood.
According to Mark: “In all his dealings, he (Balat) was a shinning example. He represented the best in the political evolution of Nigeria. He was outstanding and forthright and passionate about the indivisibility of our great country, Nigeria.
“We shall miss his candour, his frank and honest dispositions to national issues,”
Senator Mark prayed that God in His infinite mercies grant Balat eternal rest, just as he prayed that the Almighty gives the bereaved the fortitude to bear this painful loss.