The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has described the death of the former governor of the old Kaduna State, Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa as a great loss to the country, particularly to our democracy.
Ganduje, who said he received the sad news of the demise of the former governor with a rude shock, extended his condolences to the deceased’s family, the government of Kaduna state, and friends and well-wishers over the loss.
The governor’s condolences were contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Abba Anwar, on Wednesday.
“We received with all shocks and unbelieving sadness, the death of the former second republic governor of the old Kaduna state, Malam Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa Abe who passed away when Nigeria needed him the most,” the governor said.
The governor said the Nigerian democracy was moulded by the likes of the deceased former Kaduna State governor.
“Not only Nigerian democracy, Africa’s transition to democracy in recent decades benefited immensely from Balarabe Musa, who had an in-depth concern for the underprivileged.
“His unparalleled concern for the welfare of the “Talakawas” (poor people) placed him above many Nigerian politicians.
“The indelible marks he left behind after his reign as governor are enough reasons to explain his genuine love for the people.
“His death is a great loss to the country, but the poor will miss him more. Balarabe had always believed in the ideology of ‘The People First’,” Ganduje said.