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Middle Belt leader, Bala Takaya is dead

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Bala Takaya, chairman of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), is dead. He was aged 68.
Sources close to the family said Takaya died at about 2:00am on Sunday at the National Hospital Abuja where he had been on admission for undisclosed ailment.
The late, politician, administrator and former university lecturer, held from Mabuguva, Mubi local government area of Adamawa state.
He was educated at the School of Basic Studies; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and London School of Economic and Political Science.
In 1987, he and the current deputy governor of Plateau state, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, co-authored the book, “The Kaduna Mafia” a graphic description of the political machine of the northern elites, believed to be adept in manipulating the Nigerian political processes in its own favour in those days.
He also served as secretary to the old Gongola State Government between 1979-1981.
Takaya was a member, of the Political Bureau set up by the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida in 1987 to to fashion out a new political order for Nigeria.
In 1999, he contested for the governorship of Adamawa state on the platform of the then All Peoples Party (APP), but lost to Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who was later appointed running mate to President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The deceased, until his death, was in the forefront for the fight against the marginalisation of minority ethnic groups, especially in the middle Belt.
He was among those agitating for true federalism.

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