Balat: Mark weeps


President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, literarily broke down in tears yesterday 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.

Balat was said to have died at the National Hospital, Abuja yesterday after a brief illness.

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.

Kola Ologbondiyan
Special Adviser, Media & Publicity to the President of the Senate.