-He was a friend of they talakawas/downtrodden- PRP
-Nigeria will miss him alot,Says Family.
By Frederick Peters, KADUNA.
As Muslim faithful,political associates and well wishers gathered at the home of the late, Former Governor,Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa on Monday for the 40 Days Prayer; the family said he actually fought and died for the common man.
The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) also described the late ICON as a great, selfless leader who loved the masses and served them and all Nigerians during his lifetime, adding that he will be missed for standing against injustice, bad leadership and corruption.
Speaking to Journalists shortly after the prayer ceremony, his first son, Dr. Ibrahim Balarabe Musa, revealed that the family is still taken aback by his demise, however hinted that his father’s last words were that “he’s going to fight for the masses with his last blood” and that is what he has done.
He said as a nation,”you will miss him a lot, you will miss him in so many ways”. While assuring Nigerians that the legacies of their father still lives on lamented that the error of selection of Leaders in Nigeria,where the use of money, ethnicity and religious considerations remains the bane of our democracy
Dr. Ibrahim Balarabe, maintained that they six Children of his father and all have the capability to fit into the great political shoes their departed father has left, if it is played rightly, saying,
“I must tell you that we all took after our father. He was the man of the people who is always committed to the welfare of the citizenry and from the lessons learnt from him, we all have what it takes and can do more better than our late father because we are both conservative and modern “he added
He However frowned ” that the followership in Nigeria do not go for people who can save them,due to money, ethnic and religious politics and we do not have money to throw like other politicians do. You can see our house, our father did not have money like other politicians so we cannot go and lobby for power like some do. ” He stated
In the same vein, while addressing the press at the venue, the Interim National Chairman of PRP, Professor Sule Bello, expressed the Party’s appreciation to the general public for commiserating with the family and the party over the demise of the their Leader and Chairman BOT,Alhaji Balarabe Musa,
“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of condolences, from far and nearby people of all categories, particularly you – members of the Press, who were among the earliest callers to the residence of the late national icon. You have also stood with us throughout this trying period in our national history”
According to him “The concerns expressed by many confirm that his loss is not only to his immediate family and the People’s Redemption Party, which he tended and nurtured up to his dying hours. His labours towards nurturing, as well as protecting, the authenticity of the party makes PRP stand out as the oldest existing nationalist political party in Nigeria – dedicated to nation-building and the well-being of the poor, due to his resilience and commitment as well as respect for the kind of principles necessary for the development of the party and Nigeria as a whole.
” We have lost a national hero: a bridge builder, a radical reformer, a progressive politician, a dogged fighter for social justice, a nation-builder and a friend of the Talakawas whose doors always remained open to the downtrodden, while his home became a sanctuary for those trampled by the stampeding cavalry of oppression, and exploitation, on the rampage in the country”
Adding that “No words would fully describe the character that constituted the personality of the late Alh Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa. He was brilliant, brave, audacious, principled, courageous, compassionate, sagacious, honest, kind and generous, almost to a fault. A perfect gentleman, Balarabe Musa was the hope of the oppressed and a scourge to the oppressors”
He Maintained that “The loss of this national icon has created a vacuum which will be very difficult to fill. He did not, however, die in vain as the Party he had nurtured and left behind, the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), is poised to continue with the good legacies. This is not the only justification for mourning his death; it is indeed also the reason for celebrating his life and memory. He spent the greater part of his life in nurturing the Party to its present state. Having been elected as governor of old Kaduna State under the party’s flag, he had since then kept the PRP flag flying to the present day. He remained resolutely committed to the ideals, and programmes, upon which the party stands and which clearly distinguishes it from the rest. The PRP has been a progressive political platform for patriots, right from its birth to the present, as clearly indicated in its visions, constitution, programmes and related commitments.”
He assured Nigerians that” The PRP will continue on this path. We are presently continuing with preparations to realign and reposition the party, from the wards to the national levels, for the greater tasks ahead. With the changes recently affected to the national leadership of the party, under the leadership of Late Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, which brought the present interim national leadership which I am privileged to lead, into being. He remained,and continued to serve as, the Chairman of our BOT till his demise.
While appreciating the creme of Nigerians and sympathizers across political persuasions,religions and cultures,military amongst others said ” Above all else we note, and fully appreciate, the grief expressed by many Nigerians, poor and rich alike, whose life the Late Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa touched in many ways”
.0n the State of Nation,the statement called on the government to do the needful saying”We join many other Nigerians in calling on the government to stand up and bring down the increasing state of insecurity facing most parts of the country.” Our people deserve better than the wanton terrorism, and rule of fear, to which they are currently subjected due to the failure of government to deliver on its most important campaign promise,as well as its primary obligation under our national constitution, i.e. the security of life, property and the wellbeing of ordinary Nigerians.” We similarly raise our voice against the destructive, as well as rising, levels of corruption in the country. The so-called fight against corruption must not only led by example it must also be seen to bite rather than merely, and infrequentally, bark.
” Similarly PRP draws the attention of government at all levels, to the basic fact that the only effective way to reduce poverty and expand employment opportunities in Nigeria is through the diversification and industrialization of the national economy in order to promote productivity in all sectors. Mere allocation of so-called “palliatives” donated by, or borrowed from, other countries cannot be the solution to the problems of independent wealth creation, for the benefit of the country and its teeming population..
He said ” While we pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of the late PRP National Leader and the Chairman of its Board of Trustees, we have also resolved to name the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja in his name as a mark of respect for the manner in which he squeezed enough from his meager resources in order to ensure that the party has a permanent secretariat at the Nation’s capital.
“Finally, we pray that God helps us to overcome the travails of terrorism, failed governments, widespread poverty, disunity and weak national resolve that presently assail us and make our conditions both desperate and precarious”the statement added