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Balarabe Musa, a well known Nigerian politician and former governor, who was impeached in 1981, only to become the voice of the voiceless for the next four decades, passed away on Wednesday.
Musa governed the old Kaduna state in northern Nigeria between 1979 and 1981. He was impeached in June 1981 by the opposition-dominated house of assembly, becoming the first Nigerian governor to ever be impeached.
After his impeachment, Musa became a well known voice for the voiceless, battling the corrupt and the strong, and taking to the streets to protest against injustices.
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President Muhammadu Buhari joined the government and people of Kaduna State on Wednesday in mourning his passing.
Buhari said his “passing will be sorely missed by all Nigerians, who have diligently followed his antecedents as a voice for the voiceless.”
“President Buhari believes Alhaji Musa reflected the passion and vigour that heralded Nigeria’s independence, which steadily translated into activism for return to democracy at the height of military interregnum and has remained steadfast in the call for good and inclusive governance,” the presidency in Nigeria said in a statement.
“As the former governor goes home, the President affirms that he left a bold footprint on Nigeria’s democracy, and his role in promoting good governance and development will always be remembered and appreciated by posterity.
“President Buhari prays that the almighty God will grant his soul eternal rest, and comfort his family, friends and associates.”
Former Nigerian minister of education, Oby Ezekwesilli, mourned him, saying Nigeria just lost a real voice of truth, an unusual being who refused to conform to the rot.