The chairman of Middle Belt Forum, Bala Takaya, has died at the age of 68.
Mr Takaya died on Sunday at about 2am at the National Hospital Abuja.
A native of Mabuguva, Mubi local government area of Adamawa state, Mr Takaya obtained his first degree from Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, in 1974 and later proceeded to the London School of Economics and Political Science where he obtained another degree in 1978.
In 1999, he contested for the office of governor of Adamawa state on the platform of the defunct All Peoples Party, APP, but lost to Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was later picked as running mate to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.
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.
He is known for his work ‘The Kaduna Mafia’, a book he co-authored with Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, current deputy governor of Plateau state.
Mr Takaya is survived by one wife and five children.