From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has described the death of former second republic governor of the old Kaduna state, Malam Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa as a great loss to Nigeria, democracy and the ‘talakawas’ (masses).
Ganduje said he received the news of late Musa’s death with shock and “unbelieving sadness”, adding that he passed away when Nigeria needed him the most.
“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, who passed away when Nigeria needed him the most.”
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar yesterday, Ganduje said Nigeria’s democracy was moulded by the likes of late Musa.
According to him, not only Nigerian democracy, Africa’s transition to democracy in the last decades, benefited immensely from the deceased’s indepth concern for the downtrodden ones.”
Governor Ganduje said, the late governor’s unparalleled concern for the welfare of the “Talakawas” (masses), placed him above many politicians in the country, insisting that, “the indelible marks he left behind during his reign as a governor were enough reasons to explain his genuine love for the people.
“On behalf of the government and good people of Kano state, I am extending our heartfelt condolence to his family, government of Kaduna state, his friends, and well wishers and pray that May Allah forgive all his mistakes and reward all his good deeds,” he stated.
While lamenting that, the death of the former governor was a great loss for Nigeria, democracy and the downtrodden ones, Ganduje admonished politicians to always take a leaf from the late former governor, saying “he always believed that people first people first and people first.’