Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, has described the death of the former governor of ‘Old Kaduna’ State, Balarabe Musa, as “a great loss to Nigeria.”
Ganduje, who stated this in a condolence message issued on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, said the death was a great loss to democracy and the down trodden.
“We received with shock and unbelieving sadness the death of the former second republic governor of the defunct Kaduna State, Malam Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, who passed away when Nigeria needed him the most.”
“Nigerian democracy was moulded by the likes of Balarabe Musa.
“Not only Nigerian democracy; Africa’s transition to democracy in the last decades, benefited immensely from Balarabe Musa’s in-depth concern for the downtrodden ones.
“His unparalleled concern for the welfare of the poor (Talakawas), placed him above many politicians in the country.
“The indelible marks left behind during his reign as a governor were enough reasons to explain his genuine love for the people,” Ganduje was quoted as saying in the statement, and enjoined political leaders to emulate the late governor.
While commiserating with families and the Kaduna State Government over the loss, Ganduje prayed God to grant him eternal rest.