President Muhammadu Buhari has called on politicians and other citizens to emulate Alhaji Balarabe Musa’s virtuous life of honesty, integrity, selflessness and patriotism in order to make Nigeria achieve progress.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, said Buhari made the call in a tribute to Balarabe Musa on the occasion of his 81st birthday anniversary.
Buhari described the former civilian governor of old Kaduna State as a “man of unassailable integrity and untainted record of public service”.
He said: “Balarabe Musa is one of Nigeria’s brightest stars of integrity and sterling principles.
“The octogenarian has lived to his reputation by avoiding any conduct associated with corruption and dishonour.’’
He recalled that his close association with Musa in the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) had enabled him “to appreciate the radical politician’s patriotism and his commitment to build strong opposition in the country in order to deepen democracy’’.
He prayed that God would continue to bless the elder statesman with better health, more wisdom and longer life in the service of the country.
He held office between Oct. 1, 1979, and June 23, 1981, when he was impeached.