Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje says Nigeria has lost a patriotic citizen and committed statesman.

He stated this Wednesday through a statement signed by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

He said- “We received with shock 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.”

Ganduje said that Nigerian democracy was molded by the likes of Balarabe Musa.

According to him, Balarabe Musa impacted not only Nigerian democracy but also Africa’s transition to democracy in the last decades.

Governor Ganduje said the late governor’s unparalleled concern for the welfare of the “Talakawas” (poor people), 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, he admonished politicians to always take a leaf from the late former governor, saying “…he always believed that people first people first and people first,” he said.

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