Olawepo-Hashim pays tributes to Rawlings, Bàlàrabe

-says Africa has lost great sons
Nigerian businessman and former Presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust, PT, in the 2019 general election, Mr Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has paid tributes to former President of the Republic of Ghana, Flt Lt John Jerry Rawlings and former Governor of old Kaduna state, Alhaji Abdulkadir Bàlàrabe Musa, who he described as great  sons of Africa.
In a statement made available to journalists by his Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Ibrahim, Mr Olawepo-Hashim recalled that while he was on exile in Ghana in 1989, the late Rawlings was a good host who provided him with shelter.
According to him, “I pay my tributes to two great sons of Africa who passed away in the last two days – Flt Lt John Jerry Rawlings (retd) former President of the Republic of  Ghana  and Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, former Governor of old Kaduna State.
“Both were distinguished in their love for Africa’s development and their belief and hope for positive change in Africa.
“I was  a personal beneficiary of President’ Rawlings’ kindness and solidarity with the African course.  In 1989, President Rawlings provided accommodation and protection for hundreds of African Youth  and students, fleeing persecution from their home governments in decent state  guest  houses through the office of the All African Students Union(AASU).
“AASU enjoyed diplomatic status in Ghana under his government. Africa has lost a good man.
“Bàlàrabe Musa was a political icon and champion of ordinary Nigerians, including  the elite who truly desired a  corruption-free Nigeria.
“As the first democratically-elected governor of Kaduna state, the late Bàlàrabe Musa was quick in changing the fortunes of his dear state and had, within a short span, achieved a development stride in old Kaduna state which was unprecedented.
“Bàlàrabe Musa would be remembered for his fearless approach to issues of governance and his constant remarks against under-the-table deals, which had made politicians at all levels to tread with caution.
“Nigeria has, indeed, lost a statesman,” he said.
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