Gov. Bello Masari of Katsina State on Saturday eulogised the late former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa.
Masari, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, at a three-day prayer for the late ex-governor in the Musa family house, described Balarabe Musa’s death as a great loss, not only to his family and Kaduna State, but also to the entire the nation at large.
The governor, also described the late Musa as a renowned politician with sound ideology and principles, which had positively impacted on the lives of the common man.
Besides, a former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mahmood Shinkafi, who also attended the prayer, said that the late Musa was a man of integrity and honour who lived a fulfilled life by making sure the common man had a voice.
He prayed to God to forgive Balarabe Musa’s sins and grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
Shinkafi called on the youths, who were aspiring to become leaders in any sphere of life, to emulate the virtues of Balarabe Musa which, he noted, had promoted a sane and corrupt-free society, thereby enhancing massive developments.
Also paying tribute to the late Musa, Dr. Muhammad Shehu, the Executive Secretary of Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission, said that he was a student of the late Balarabe Musa’s school of thought and ideology.
“I was a student when the late Balarabe Musa became the Governor of the defunct Kaduna State. Since then, I believed in his ideologies and style of leadership. He was great leader and a mentor worthy of emulation,” he said.
Shehu prayed to God to grant repose to Balarabe Musa’s soul and forgive his shortcomings, while urging politicians to emulate his style of leadership so as to engender the development of the nation.
In his tribute, Alhaji Lawal Yakawada, the former Secretary of the Kaduna State Government, described the death of Balarabe Musa as an irreparable loss to the entire nation.
He noted that the Nigerian democracy was moulded by leaders like Balarabe Musa.
“Not only Nigerian democracy, Africa’s transition to democracy in recent decades has benefited immensely from Balarabe Musa, who had an in-depth concern for the underprivileged.
“His unparalleled concern for the welfare of the poor 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.
“The poor will miss him more, Balarabe had always believed in the ideology of ‘The People First’,” he added.
Responding to the eulogies and condolence visits, Dr Ibrahim Musa, the eldest son of the late Balarabe Musa, appreciated the visitors and prayed that the Almighty Allah would “take you all back to your respective destinations safely”.
Other dignitaries, who graced the three-day prayer, include Prof. Jerry Gana, Prof. Ango Abdullahi and the former executive director of NIMASA, Alhaji Gambo Mahuta, among others.
Balarabe Musa, who died at the age of 84, is survived by one wife and nine children.