Former Kaduna state Governor Balarabe Musa is dead

Former Kaduna State governor, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa is dead. He was 84 years old.

A son of the deceased, Kassim Balarabe Musa, confirmed the news in a short statement.

He said, “I will like to inform you the passing away of my father, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa. He died this morning about 30 minutes ago.”

A political associate and former lawmaker from Kaduna Senator Shehu Sani, also confirmed the news.

“Alhaji Balarabe Musa has died. May Allah forgive his soul and grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin.” he wrote on Twitter.

Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa born 21st August 1936 was a progressive Nigerian politician who was elected Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria during the Nigerian Second Republic.

Musa was elected governor of Kaduna State in 1979 on the platform of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), a party founded by Mallam Aminu Kano. with others such as Abubakar Rimi, Sabo Bakin Zuwo, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Michael Imoudu, Chinua Achebe, Yusufu Bala Usman, Uche Chukwumerije, and Sule Lamido, the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) challenged his election unsuccessfully.  

His party was initially a member of the PPP alliance in opposition to the NPN, but later quietly withdrew. As Governor he was stalemated by the Kaduna state house of assembly, which was dominated by NPN members.
He was unable to form a cabinet since he refused to nominate NPN members and the House refused to ratify his candidates. Eventually the House impeached him on the 23rd of June 1981, making him the first Nigerian state governor ever to be impeached.

Musa continued to be active in politics. He was the PRP candidate for the presidency in the April 2003 elections, selected in February 2003.
However, without even enough money to print posters he was not successful. In May 2003, the Inspector-General of Police Tafa Balogun refused a permit to the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), to hold a rally in Kano.

As Chairman of the coalition, Musa said he refused to be intimidated, and the CNPP had other ways to achieve their objectives.  Speaking as CNPP chairman in February 2004, Musa described President Olusegun Obasanjo’s policies as “phantom and mirage”, doing nothing for the people and serving only to enrich politicians and government officials. In the 2007 elections, the CNPP backed Muhammadu Buhari as a credible alternative to the PDP candidate Umaru Yar’Adua. In February 2009, Musa said “Capitalism is returning us to the era of slavery. The solution to the current crisis is the abolition of greediness and antagonistic competition in our economic systems”.

He worked with people of like minds to mobilise against the military junta of late Sani Abacha. He was also a strong voice within the north, always speaking up against corrupt leadership.

On 31 August 2018, Musa quit active politics due to health issues and announced his immediate resignation from chairmanship of People’s Redemption Party.

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Written by Andrew Odoe
Serial Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Social Activist and Writer.
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