President Muhammadu Buhari joins government and people of Kaduna State in mourning a former civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, whose passing will be sorely missed by all Nigerians, who have diligently followed his antecedents as a voice for the voiceless.
President Buhari believes Alhaji Musa reflected the passion and vigour that heralded Nigeria’s independence, which steadily translated into activism for return to democracy at the height of military interregnum and has remained steadfast in the call for good and inclusive governance.
As the former governor goes home, the President affirms that he left a bold footprint on Nigeria’s democracy, and his role in promoting good governance and development will always be remembered and appreciated by posterity.
President Buhari prays that the almighty God will grant his soul eternal rest, and comfort his family, friends and associates.
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
November 11, 2020
The passing of H.E. Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, a renowned statesman who fought for our return to democracy and a former Governor of Kaduna State is a great loss to the nation. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family and the people of Kaduna State.
He will be dearly missed.
Alh Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa was a Distinguished elder statesman, an embodiment of integrity and a champion of progressive politics. His demise is a huge loss to #Nigeria. My heartfelt condolences to his family, Government & People of #Kaduna state & Nigerians at large.
KADUNA UPDATE: KDSG regrets to announce the death of Alhaji Balarabe Musa, the first elected governor of Kaduna State.
Malam Nasir @elrufai said that Alh. Musa will be remembered as a progressive politician who tried to expand the horizons of opportunity for ordinary people.
Alh. Balarabe Musa made notable contributions to industrializing the state. As a leader, he demonstrated at the ballot box, the capacity of a political party devoted to the protection of the interest of ordinary people to acquire power democratically.
As a private citizen, he projected the qualities of principled politics, decency, integrity, consistency and commitment to improving the lives of our ‘talakawa’ in Kaduna State and Nigeria.
Despite the setback of his unwarranted impeachment from the office of Governor, Alh. Balarabe Musa remained steadfast to his principles and spoke his mind often, helping to project a radical voice in public discourse in defense of democracy, and to advance social justice.
I wish to commiserate with @GovKaduna and the people of Kaduna State over the demise Balarabe Musa, former Governor of the state. May Allah forgive all his shortcomings and accept him into Aljanna Firdausi.
Ganduje Mourns Exit Of Balarabe Musa
Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Wednesday described the demise of a former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa as a loss to Nigeria, democracy, and the downtrodden.
Balarabe Musa, 84 who died in Kaduna on Wednesday morning was elected as governor of Kaduna state on the platform of the defunct Peoples Redemption Party in 1979.
A press statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief press Secretary to Ganduje in a condolence message that was made available to INDEPENDENT in Kano said the second Republic governor died died at a time Nigeria needed him most.
Anwar statement reads”We received with all shocks and unbelieving sadness, the death of the former second republic Governor of the old Kaduna state, Malam Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, who passed away when Nigeria needed him the most.”
Words of the Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as he received the sad story of the death of the former governor of the old Kaduna state, Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa.
Nigerian democracy, according to the governor “Was moulded by the likes of the former governor of Kaduna state, Malam Balarabe Musa.
Not only Nigerian democracy, Africa’s transition to democracy in the last decades, benefited immensely from Balarabe Musa’s indepth concern for the downtrodden ones.”
Governor Ganduje said, the late governor’s unparalleled concern for the welfare of the “Talakawas” (poor people), placed him above many politicians in the country, insisting that, “…the indelible marks he left behind during his reign as a governor were enough reasons to explain his genuine love for the people.”
“On behalf of the government and good people of Kano state, I am extending our heartfelt condolence to his family, government of Kaduna state, his friends, and well wishers and pray that May Allah forgive all his mistakes and reward all his good deeds,” he stated.
While lamenting that, the death of the former governor was a great loss for Nigeria, democracy and the downtrodden ones, he admonished politicians to always take a leaf from the late former governor, “…he always believed that people first people first and people first,” he said.