Buhari: Balarabe Musa Left A Footprint In Nigeria’s Democracy

Moses Ofodeme

A former Kaduna State Governor, Balarabe Musa, died on Wednesday morning, November 11, in Kaduna at the age of 84.

One of his sons, Kallamu Balarabe-Musa, confirmed the death of the former National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) to the press at his residence in Kaduna.

He said that Balarabe Musa will be buried by 4 p.m. after funeral prayer at the Sultan Bello Mosque, Kaduna.

1st News that Musa was born on Aug. 21, 1936, in Kaya, Kaduna State.

He studied at Zaria Middle School from 1947 to 1952 and at the Institute of Administration, Zaria, 1952 to 1953.

Balarabe Musa, who was an accounts clerk and also a school teacher, held various managerial positions related to accountancy from 1960 to 1976; while studying at different colleges in London to gain additional qualifications.

He was also elected governor of the old Kaduna State in 1979 on the platform of the PRP, a party founded by late Mallam Aminu Kano.

As governor, he was prevented from constituting a cabinet by the State House of Assembly, dominated by the opposition National Party of Nigeria, (NPN) members.

The House impeached him in June 1981, making him the first Nigerian State Governor ever to be impeached.

He was the PRP candidate for the presidency in the 2003 elections; and later Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP).

On August 31, 2010, Balarabe Musa quit active politics due to health issues; and also announced his immediate resignation from the chairmanship of the PRP.

In his eulogy, President Muhammadu Buhari joined the government and people of Kaduna State; in mourning a former civilian governor of the state, Balarabe Musa.

The president, in a condolence message by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday said the deceased would be sorely missed by all Nigerians; who have diligently followed his antecedents as a voice for the voiceless.

President Buhari believed 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 had also remained steadfast in the call for good and inclusive governance.

According to him, as the former governor goes home, he left a bold footprint on Nigeria’s democracy.

He added that the former governor’s role in promoting good governance as well as development would always be remembered; and appreciated by posterity.

Buhari prayed that the almighty God would grant his soul eternal rest; and comfort his family, friends, and associates.

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