…Son says, “My father lived for the poor.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
President Muhammadu Buhari, along with Sokoto state governor, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, four deputy governors, one minister and other concerned Nigerians are among the only personalities that offered condolence and honoured the family of late former Governor of Kaduna state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, over his demise, according to existing protocols.
The interim national chairman of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Prof. Sule Bello, disclosed this Monday, while expressing the party’s appreciation to the general public for commiserating with the family and the party for the demise of its national leader and chairman board of trustees, Alh Balarabe Musa.
He said the concern expressed by many confirmed that Alhaji Musa’s death is not only to his immediate family and the PRP, which he tended and nurtured up to his dying hours, his labours towards nurturing, as well as protecting the authenticity of the party “makes PRP stand out as the oldest existing nationalist political party in Nigeria – dedicated to nation-building and the well-being of the poor, due to his resilience and commitment as well as respect for the kind of principles necessary for the development of the party and Nigeria as a whole.”
Prof Belllo, in an address at the 40th prayers of the late Balarabe Musa at his residence in Kaduna state, said “While it will not be possible to list all those, who have taken time to offer condolences and honor his death, we beg for permission to mention a few on the basis of existing protocols.
“Those listed, according to existing protocols, are: Head of State, President Muhammad Buhari; Governor of Sokoto State, Alh. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; former Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mr. James Bawa Magaji; Deputy Governor of Kaduna, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe; Deputy Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Manir Yakubu; Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Barr. Mahdi Aliyu Gusau; Hon. Minister of Interior, Rauf Ogbeni Aregbesola; Comptroller-Generals of Civil Defense, Correctional Centres, Immigration and Fire Services,” he said.
“Others are: Majority Leader Kaduna State House of Assembly, Hon. Haruna Inuwa; former Deputy Governors of Kaduna state, Mal Mu’azu Aliyu Ahmed (now late); (may his soul rest in peace); Senate Majority Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullah; Hon. members Kaduna State House of Assembly, His Royal Highness Muhammad Sanusi II; Igbo, Yoruba and Ebira communities in Kaduna state; Chairman and Members of Blind People’s Association of Kaduna state; Comrade Isa Aremu; Alh Dr/Lema Jibril, and General Aliyu Gusau, among others.”
He also stated that, among the list are “Many other organizations, Social Groups, Political Parties, Labour Unions, Indigenous Farmers Associations, Students Unions, Journalists, Imams, Rev. Fathers and all others too numerous to mention.
“Above all, else we note, and fully appreciate, the grief expressed by many Nigerians, poor and rich alike, whose lives the late Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa touched in many ways. We cannot close this address without mentioning the stand of our great party on the existing state of our country.
“We join many other Nigerians in calling on the government to stand up and bring down the increasing state of insecurity facing most parts of the country. Our people deserve better than the wanton terrorism and rule of fear, to which they are currently subjected due to the failure of government to deliver on its most important campaign promise, as well as its primary obligation under our national constitution, i.e., the security of life, property and the wellbeing of ordinary Nigerians,” he said.
“We similarly raise our voice against the destructive, as well as rising levels of corruption in the country. The so-called ‘fight against corruption’ must not only be led by example, it must also be seen to bite rather than merely and, infrequently, bark.”
In a remark, the first son of the deceased, Dr. Ibrahim Balarabe Musa, said his father lived and died fighting for the poor and died thinking of the suffering of the masses he promised to fight for.
He also said they’re in the position “to wear the father’s shoes in all ramifications and even more,” but have no money to share, while showing the four ground-floor bedrooms the father died and left behind for them as their inheritance.