Takaya, Middle Belt Forum Chairman Dies

Bala Takaya, Chairman of the Middle Belt Forum, MBF, has died at 68.

He died on Sunday around 2am at the National Hospital in Abuja after suffering an undisclosed ailment. The late politician hailed from Mabuguva, Mubi local government area of Adamawa state.

He obtained his first degree from Ahmadu Bello University in 1974 and later proceeded to the London School of Economics and Political Science where he obtained another degree in 1978. He returned to ABU as  a lecturer and also worked in the same capacity at the University of Jos.

In 1987, Takaya was a member of the political bureau set up by the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida to fashion out a new political order for the country. He also served as secretary to the old Gongola state government between 1979 to 1981.

In 1999, he contested for the office of governor of Adamawa state on the platform of the then All Peoples Party, APP, but lost to Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Atiku was later appointed running mate to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Takaya is known for his work ‘The Kaduna Mafia’, a book he co-authored with Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, current deputy governor of Plateau state.

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