The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has paid tribute to Senator Isaiah Chawai Balat who died on Tuesday at the age of 61 years, saying Nigeria has lost one of its finest politicians.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State,Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu said on Wednesday that the late presidential adviser was a true nationalist who lived a life of
dedication to the cause of Nigeria’s unity and development.
In a statement signed by Governor Aliyu’s spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo, the forum described the late Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain as a loyal party man, a distinguished parliamentarian and a worthy servant who stood on the side of the people at all
The forum said from Balat’s days as a minister in the cabinet of former President Olusegun
Obasanjo through his election into the Senate, to his last appointment as Special Adviser (Special Duties) in the office of the Vice President, the late politician remained with the people.
“We are therefore consoled that the virtues of hard work, honesty and selfless service which characterized the life and times of late Senator Balat will remain with us,” the forum said.
The forum prayed God to grant repose to the soul of the departed and grant the people of Kaduna State and members of his immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Also ,the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dame (Dr) Patience Faka Jonathan, has commiserated with the Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo and the widow of late Senator Isaiah Balat, Barrister (Mrs.) Mary Balat.
In a condolence message issued in Abuja today, she described the Senator’s sudden departure as, “deeply shocking” and as, “a great loss.” She eulogized the late Balat, saying that he was a “bright and shining star that death could not eclipse.”
Dame Jonathan observed that he was a highly respected statesman and pragmatic politician who served his state of Kaduna and his country meritoriously as a Senator, Cabinet Minister
and as a Special Adviser(Special Duties) to the Vice President. She stated that with his exit, the Office of the Vice President had been bereft of a highly seasoned administrator
whose wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise had been greatly valued.
The First Lady urged the immediate and extended family of the late Senator to be consoled by the worthy and exemplary life he lived and encouraged his children to continue in
the enviable tradition laid down by their father.
She prayed the Almighty in His infinite mercy to grant his wife and all family members the fortitude to bear the loss.