We have lost a Great leader who was Motivated by deep Sense of Duty to his Community – Kefas

Emmanuel Awari-Jalingo

The Taraba State Governor, Dr Agbu Kefas has described the late former chairman of PDP in the state, Chief Victor Bala Kona as a strong supporter of democracy and that the state will miss his wealth of experience and positive qualities.

The Governor made the remarks at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Catholic Cathedral, Mile Six Jalingo during the funeral Mass of Late Chief Victor Bala Kona who died recently.

Dr. Agbu Kefas added that the deceased was a beacon of hope and that his commitment to the Party was unprecedented and responsible for the Party to remain strong in the state.

He urged Tarabans to emulate the positive virtues of the deceased and live life that can foster unity, peace, and progress.

“We gather here today to bid a final farewell to a remarkable individual, a true son of Taraba and a dedicated servant of the people.

“We mourn the loss of Chief Victor Bala Kona, who was a politician, a strong supporter of democracy, and a former state chairman of our great party.

“His passing leaves a void that will be felt not only within the political circle but in the hearts of those who have the privilege of knowing him.

“Chief Bala Kona was not just a politician, he was a brother. I remember a long time ago, when I was in primary one or two when his father was posted to Wukari, the first place he stayed was in my father’s compound, and we lost contact since then.

“It is politics that brought us together again. He was a brother and a beacon of hope to many.

“His commitment to our great party PDP on our state politics was unwavering and his love for the people was evident in all his endeavours.

According to him, as the chairman of the People Democratic Party in Taraba State, Chief Victor played a pivotal role in sustaining PDP as a ruling party in the state and his ability to bring his people together for a common cause was truly remarkable.

“During the cause of his service, he must have stepped on toes.

“We need to forgive one another at all times as the Almighty God also forgives us our trespasses.

“In Chief Kona, we have lost a leader who was motivated by a deep sense of duty to his community. His Legacy serves as an enduring reminder that politics can indeed be a noble calling when driven by the desire to serve and to uplift people especially the needy.

“As you know, Chief Victor Bala Kona’s passing today, let us also celebrate the indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment he brought to everything he undertook.

“Let us honour his memory by continuing the work he began, by fostering unity and progress in our state.

“Let us also remember Chief Victor not only for his political achievements but for the warmth of his smile, the strength of his character, and the kindness in his heart.

“Above all, the preacher Ecclesiastes 1:1 and 2 says, vanity of vanities, all is vanity. Let us show love to one another.

“Let us show love to his family, we need unity and peace in our state so that we can be blessed by God.

“Finally, Brother Victor, rest in peace. You have done your best. We will continue to pray for your family and support them as the Lord gives us the grace. Goodbye.

In his remarks, the Acting National Chairman of PDP, Ambassador Umar Iliya Damagum said the deceased lived a life of service and that the family should be proud of his legacies.

He said the loss is for the entire PDP family and the state will greatly miss him.

In his exhortation, the Rev Father Peter Kamai,
Called on the Sympathizers to use the opportunity of coming to the funeral service to review their life and make amend where necessary.

He called on Tarabans to continue to live a life of humility, peace, and unity, as according to him, it will determine where they will spend eternity.

Late Chief Victor Bala Kona was born on the 9th of September 1966 in Kona town in Jalingo.

The deceased attended several academic institutions and worked in several capacities in the government and private sector until he joined politics, where he was the former PDP chairman of Taraba State.

He died on the 27th of August, 2023 in Abuja.

He was laid to rest in his country home, Bakin Dutse in Ardo-kola local government area of Taraba State.

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