…Say He Was a Voice for the Voiceless President Muhammadu Buhari and former Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole have eulogised the virtues of outstanding statesman and first civilian Governor of old Kaduna State, Mr Balarabe Musa who passed on early today at the age of 84. The President who joined the government
…Say He Was a Voice for the Voiceless
President Muhammadu Buhari and former Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole have eulogised the virtues of outstanding statesman and first civilian Governor of old Kaduna State, Mr Balarabe Musa who passed on early today at the age of 84.
The President who joined the government and people of Kaduna State in mourning Mr Musa, said his passage will be sorely missed by all Nigerians, who have diligently followed his antecedents as a voice for the voiceless.
A condolence message signed by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr Garba Shehu on Wednesday, said 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 is laid to rest, 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.
Buhari also prayed that the Almighty God will grant his soul eternal rest, and comfort his family, friends and associates.
The remains of Mr Musa, who was a stormy petrel in the Second Republic where he was elected Governor in 1979 under the platform of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), was committed to the mother earth in Kaduna, Wednesday. The burial was preceded by a funeral prayer led by Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, at Sultan Bello Central Mosque, Kaduna.
The open ground of Sultan Bello Mosque was filled with people from within and outside Kaduna metropolis who came to pay their last respect to the respected and acclaimed elder statesman described as the defender and voice of the masses.
The funeral prayer conducted immediately after the Asri (early evening prayer) was also attended by two former Governors, Mr Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi and Mr Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, while the incumbent Governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai who was said to have travelled out of the country, was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Balarabe Abbas Lawal.
Others who attended the burial ceremony include Senator Shehu Sani, Chief Judge of Kaduna State, Justice Mohammed Lawal; Mr Lema Jibril, PDP Governorship Candidate in 2019 election, Hon. Isah Mohammed Ashiru; former executive secretary of Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Mr Hussaini Jallo and several serving and former commissioners and district heads.
Musa, who was impeached as governor by the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) dominated Assembly for his uncompromising stance, died on Wednesday, Nov 11 at the age of 84.
In his tribute titled, “Balarabe Musa: Exit of The Last Man Standing,” Mr Oshiomhole says,
“It came as a rude shock. Just recently, we had a robust telephone conversation which was more like a reminiscence of the good old days, when politics was played along ideological persuasions. He was loud and firm, as usual, espousing his thoughts about building a united Nigeria where tribes and tongues no longer matter in deciding our nationality.
“It didn’t strike me then that I was having my last conversation with this great pan-Nigerian consummate politician, a thoroughbred progressive, who deployed honesty in all his political engagements. He was not just a politician’s politician, he was one who brought ideology to flourish in his political engagements and nurtured that ideal under the People’s Redemption Party, till his very last breath.
“I remember vividly how he appointed me into a board during his time as Governor, even though I was not an indigene of Kaduna state. He never hesitated to cultivate the support of anyone who could add value to his policy focus of bringing good governance to the reach of ordinary folks in the state.”
The former APC chairman says, “With the late Dr. Bala Usman as his Secretary to the Government, it was always a robust engagement, for the benefit of the people. He was more concerned about delivering services than what the office could afford him. He was neither materialistic nor was he carried away by the allure of power and the paraphernalia of office. He was simple, ideologically grounded, and dialectically opposed to politics of acquisition. We have lost the last man standing, the last of the mohicans, the last man who represented the ideological underpinning of politics.
“Alhaji Balarabe Musa will be greatly missed. He was a father figure to me as we often engaged in telephone conversations like father and son. He never shied away from speaking his mind on any issue no matter the risk involved. He was blunt and his vitriolic “missiles” were often directed at the right quarters. He was bold and fearless. Any time he had opportunity to interact, he always espoused those ideals that defined his politics and humanity.
“Even though a former Governor, he lived like an ordinary Nigerian. He refused to bend the ultra leftist ideology of PRP to accommodate the dominant rightist NPN of his time. This led to his paying the painful prize of impeachment from office rather than clinging to the Governorship by compromising his well cherished PRP ideology. He lived and died for the masses.”
Oshiomhole, a former Edo State Governor, says “His life will remain a good example for Nigerian politicians and those who occupy public office. He will remain a reference point in political discourse especially on the subject matter of ideological politics. May his soul rest in peace. May Allah forgive him his sins and accept his soul amongst the saints in the hereafter.
“Adieu, Alhaji, Balarabe Musa, the people’s authentic Governor and leader,” he concluded .