Friday, November 13, 2020

Balarabe Musa fed us from his pocket as Kaduna Gov - Son

Sagir Balarabe Musa, son of the late former Kaduna Governor of Kaduna, Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, has said their family never felt bad when his father was impeached 1981 because they were not living luxurious life.
He said aside from his reluctance to move the family to Government House, he never fed his family from government purse but his personal earnings. Musa, who was Governor of the old Kaduna for 20 months between October 1979 and June 1981, died on Wednesday in Kaduna at 84 after battling with a heart- related condition.
Sagir said the impeachment of his father in June 1981 by the NPN- dominated Kaduna Assembly instead of breaking him made him popular and stronger.
According to him: “I felt bad naturally about the impeachment but I didn’t take it to heart because I know his battles, the battles he has been fighting from civil service to Cooperative bank to DIC. “I think being the state governor would be different but I knew it would be tough because of what he wanted to achieve and his passion for the weak, the poor and the downtrodden.
“In a way, people would think his impeachment was a failure but it was a success because people were asking how was he able to defend what he stands for. “It made him more popular, more committed to continue to fight for the masses, instead of weakening him, it made him stronger. “The impeachment broadened his scope of influence because everybody became more interested in what he has to say and he used that medium to fight for dignity of human being, promoting good governance and many other things. “As for us the family, his being a governor made no difference to us except that we moved from our private house to a bigger Government House. But Government House was not feeding us; our father was feeding us from his salary.“
He added: “He didn’t even want to move from our house but they said the house is accessible by two roads and is porous.
“For security reasons we had to move. So we moved to one of the Government guest houses in Alimi Road.
“We had to be a bit more reserved because we don’t want to do anything wrong but beside the name, there was no difference, so when he was impeached we didn’t feel too bad.”
Speaking on life as a son of a principled disciplinarian, Sagir said his late father never beat him but always talked to make them see reasons.
“We are nine children, six males and three females. We are going to miss his fatherhood, leadership, guidance, his unique ways of imbibing the virtues of humanity, sense of discipline, transparency, honesty and hard work all of which he combined.
“He teaches us all of these virtues and allowed us the freedom to make our choices in life. He had never forced any of us to make any particular choice or join anything he was doing.
“The unique thing about him is his forthrightness, focus, sincerity and discipline. These should not be unique, it should be found in everyone but in the environment we are today these virtues are scarce and it is unique because he has them all. “People think his principles made him a harsh father but it is not so. He doesn’t force us. He was strict but not harsh to us. He won’t stand and overlook to see that you don’t do this or that. “He has never beaten me. He doesn’t beat his children. Once he said don’t do this, he would ensure we don’t do it. “By talking to us he enforced discipline. There is a way he would talk to you and the message would sink in and we thank God all nine of us are independent and doing well.”

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