Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Women Arise and Centre for Change, has commiserated with the family of the late ex-governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, describing his death as a great loss.
Okei-Odumakin, in a condolence massage on Wednesday in Lagos, described the deceased as a born fighter and humanist of the highest order.
She said that the late Musa was a defender and friend of the ‘talakawa.’
Alhaji Balarabe Musa, who died in the early hours of Wednesday at the age of 84, was the leader of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) in the 4th Republic.
He was elected governor of Kaduna State during Nigeria’s Second Republic, holding office from October 1979 until he was impeached on June 23, 1981.
Okei-Odumakin said: “Words fail me to react to the passage of Alhaji Balarabe Musa, his voice will be sorely missed in Nigeria’s aridity of principled voices.
“His dogged commitment to the cause of the downtrodden dates back to the politics of the Second Republic,” she said
Okei-Odumakin said that the late Musa was an apostle of the Aminu Kano school of politics, adding that he was one of two PRP governors that toppled the applecart of the conservative North.
She said that his consistent and undaunted activism on the side of the voiceless neither lost steam nor was it reduced in its vibrancy.
“And that was how Balarabe lived his life until he breathed his last.
“Surely, he has left indelible imprint on the sands of time.
“The vacuum his exit has created will thus be difficult to fill in the ranks of progressive activism, not only in the North but also throughout the whole country.”
Okei-Odumakin extended her condolences to the family of progressives nationwide.
She prayed that the good Lord to grant each and every one the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.