Former Kaduna state governor, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, died Wednesday morning in Kaduna at the age of 84.
Musa who had been battling health challenges that were old age-related reportedly suffered heart attack, according to sundry sources.
But a former senator from the State, Senator Shehu Sani, who was the further to disclose Musa’s death via his Twitter handle, only stated that Alhaji Musa died in his Kaduna home. He did not disclose cause of death.
He tweeted, “Balarabe Musa; Inna lillahi wainna Illayhir rajiun. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin.”
Musa was a left-wing, pro-people Nigerian politician who got elected aa Governor of Kaduna State in the defunct Second Republic.
His administration spanned October 1979 and June 23, 1981 when he was impeached. The late Musa had until his death remained consistent as a strong voice against bad governance and impunity in the system.
Meanwhile the family of the late Alhaji Musa has announced that his remains would be buried by 4p.m. today (Wednesday) after funeral prayer at the Sultan Bello Mosque, Kaduna.
▪︎His life and times
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.
Musa, who was an accounts clerk and 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 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 was prevented from constituting a cabinet by the state house of assembly, dominated by the opposition National Party of Nigeria (NPN) members.
Eventually 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 Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP).
On Aug. 31, 2010, Balarabe-Musa quit active politics due to health issues and announced his immediate resignation from chairmanship of the PRP.
Musa, in a last interview he granted NAN on Oct. 4, said that the aspirations of Nigeria could be achieved if both the leadership and followers resolved to play their part in earnest nation building.
“Honestly, the country has not fared well at 60. It is very disappointing that this is where we are.
“But things can be better; we can still achieve the dreams of the founding fathers if we all play our role in nation building,” he said.
He urged leaders to always make the welfare and well-being of the people the focus of their policies and programmes.
The former governor stressed that political and economic restructuring of the country was key for progress
“We need to restructure the country politically and economically. We need to ensure that power actually resides with the people.
“The economic and political models we are currently operating only empower a few. Governments must be structured to impact positively on the masses,” he said.