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|Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by Pinnacle(m): 3:24pm On May 23, 2017|
Balarabe: Meet Nigeria’s poorest ex-governor
Alhaji Balarabe Musa’s larger-than-life image looms over the political scene like a Colossus. But the former Governor of Kaduna State, ex Chief Accountant of the Broadcasting Company of Northern Nigeria(BCNN) and one of the first set of Chartered Accountants in Northern Nigeria has almost nothing in material sense to show for all his struggles to enthrone an egalitarian society. In this analysis, IBRAHEEM MUSA looks at Musa’s odyssey in the political terrain, the sacrifices he has made and the little he has in return
Perhaps, no past or serving governor has been as consistent, principled and focused to a cause as Alhaji Balarabe Musa, a former governor of old Kaduna State. In fact, the left wing politician and social crusader, has for over 38 years, been canvassing for a new social order in Nigeria.
In 1979, he was impeached as governor, but undaunted, he had continued soldiered on with his crusade.
The removal, rather than diminish Musa, burnished his image of incorruptibility. Consequently, when the military struck in 1983, he was given a clean bill of political health, while his traducers were sent to jail. In 1990, he joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP), a political party formed and funded by the then General Ibrahim Babangida regime. The party, by political inclination, was “a little to the left” and like a magnet, that phrase attracted the former governor.
In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed and Mikail Gorbachev, the 8th and final president, resigned from office as he created the Commonwealth of Independent States. Regardless, Must still stuck with socialism and till date, the octogenarian hasn’t renounced the ideology.
Right now, politics has become cash and carry but he still plays politics of principles and conviction.
Significantly, Musa has transformed over the years from a politician to a statesman, whose obsession is nation building and not winning elections.
Severally, he has intervened to resolve national crises, irrespective of partisan or ideological differences. In 1993, he opposed the annulment of June 12 presidential election on principle. The election was won by Chief M.K.O Abiola, a southerner.
However, Musa rose above class differences and denounced the injustice done to Abiola.
He, alongside Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and General Muhammadu Buhari (now president) protested against the flawed 2003 elections in Abuja despite being ideological strange bedfellows.
Largely, the mass action was successful and the arrowheads went their separate ways afterwards. In 2012, nine years later, he joined forces with labour leaders and political activists, including the current Customs boss, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd); Comrade Shehu Sani (now a serving senator) and Barr. Festus Okoye (a human rights lawyer).
At that time, the Goodluck Jonathan administration jerked up fuel prices and all over Nigeria, people came out to protest the hike. In Kaduna, Musa and the aforementioned were in the trenches with the masses, “fighting the anti-people policy,” as he puts it.
Severally, he has been at the barricades, protesting, agitating and denouncing the establishment over unpopular programmes and policies.
Ironically, Musa is a product of the establishment that he rails against. In fact, he is a blue blooded aristocrat, having been born to the District Head of Kaya, a Village in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State in 1938.
At birth, he had all the perks, privileges and affluence of the local bourgeoisie, but he opted to be with the masses. Similarly, Musa has never been an “aluta” chanting, goatee bearded and angry unionist. By 1953, when he completed secondary school education, he was among the first set on northern educated elite, with all the attendant privileges. That year, he joined the Northern Civil Service as an Accounts Clerk.
Thereafter, he was sent to England for further studies by the regional government alongside the likes of Alhaji Aliko Mohammed and others. Subsequently, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and with that qualification, he moved to the top echelon of the civil service.
Musa, at various times, was a lecturer at the Institute of Administration Zaria, the precursor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU). Similarly, he was Company Secretary and Chief Accountant of Broadcasting Company of Northern Nigeria (BCNN), as Radio Nigeria Kaduna was then referred to. In 1979, he retired from the civil service and joined politics, culminating to his election as governor of Kaduna State.
He was however impeached by the House of Assembly in 1981, over “irreconcilable differences” with the National Party of Nigeria (NPN)-dominated legislature.
In spite of his pedigree, political antecedents and his accomplished public service, Musa has gained nothing in any material sense. Specifically, a three bedroom bungalow, a monthly pension of N741,000, a 1,200 acre farm and an old Mercedes Benz car are his only possession.
At 80, the former governor still drives himself, without a police orderly. Above all, no government monument, public building or even street has been made after him in Kaduna State.
In an interview with New Telegraph, he explained how he acquired the bungalow and three mud houses, one in Funtua, a town in Katsina State, and two others at Hayin Banki and Badarawa, all slums within Kaduna metropolis.
“Actually, the bungalow was built by Northern Nigerian Development Company (NNDC), as part of its Home Ownership Scheme,” Musa told our correspondent. Basically, the scheme was instituted to help civil servants own houses and 11 of them were built along Aliyu Turaki Road, Kaduna.
The NNDC built similar houses in other major towns in the North and sold them in 1972. At that time, a three-bedroom bungalow cost N20,000, but prospective buyers, according to Musa, were expected to make an initial deposit of N1,500. Musa said he wanted one of the bungalows, but couldn’t afford the deposit, even as Company Secretary of BCNN. At that time, the top management of NNDC were his friends.
“So, they arranged to rent the house to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) for two years,’’ Alhaji Balarabe recalled, “and the cost was N2,400, that is N1,200 per annum.” Out of that amount, Musa paid the deposit but instead of pocketing the balance, he gave the N900 to the authorities.
That action, according to him, brought down his monthly Code Number, “so that the deductions will be within the limit that could allow me to have enough to sustain my family monthly.”
Similarly, he bought the Funtua mud house for his mother, the Hayin Banki and Badarawa ones to accommodate his relatives and house helps.
The bungalow and three mud houses, according to the former governor, were the assets that he declared, when he assumed office in 1979 and they are still the properties he owns after about 40 years. Significantly, the bungalow is a modest accommodation and in these times, even a councilor can boast of a better abode.
Clean and Spartan, the building is weather beaten as the paint has faded and a few disused vehicles strewn the compound. In particular, the sitting room is not befitting of a man of Musa’s status.
The rug is threadbare, the settees are old and dilapidated and the single ceiling fan is creaking. Similarly, old pictures of Malam Aminu Kano, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi and former comrades-at-arms dot the walls, so are photographs of his student days and his official portrait as governor.
Generally, the house is of an old design, with furniture and fittings fit for the museum.
In contrast, Musa’s successors live in opulence. Specifically, Alhaji Abba Musa Rimi, the man who took over from Musa, lives along Ohinoyi Road, a high brow neighborhood in Unguwar Rimi GRA. In addition, Alhaji Dabo Mohammed Lere, the second civilian governor of the state, lived at West Jabi road, opposite President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal office in Kaduna. Similarly, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi’s palatial mansion is located along that road, adjacent Buhari’s office. In addition, his other house is at Sambo Close, a quiet haven near DITV/Radio station. Similarly, his country home at Makarfi, by local standard, is an eye-popping edifice on the town’s outskirts.
Likewise, Namadi Sambo, Makarfi’s successor and former Vice president, is tucked away at Camp Road, an elitist enclave where another former governor of the state, Col Abubakar Umar (rtd); ex-Military Administrator of Lagos State, Brig. General Buba Marwa (rtd) and several political big wigs as well as business moguls live. However, the family of late Patrick Yakowa, Sambo’s successor, lives in a modest bungalow at Imam Close, Unguwar Rimi GRA, about 1,000 metres from the former Vice president.
Similarly, the immediate past governor of the state, Alhaji Ramalan Yero, lives around that neighborhood on Lamido Crescent, close to President Buhari’s personal residence.
Significantly, all the former governors have monuments or edifices named after them, but Musa has none in his name.
In fact, there is no major road in the entire state that is named after the most popular governor Kaduna ever had. However, a fellow governor in the second Republic, Lateef Jakande of Lagos State, named a street in Ikoyi area of the state after Musa. Clearly, this is a classical case of a prophet not being honored at home.
But Musa is none the least, disturbed. He said: “When you are involved in politics of principles, things like this happen.”
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by angeltolly(f): 3:31pm On May 23, 2017|
Erhmmmm... What is he contesting for in 2019? Because that's how GEJ said he had no shoe and PMB said he's poor, he can't afford to buy the presidential form Tell them to declare their assets and you will be surprised
So you mean...... A former Governor of Kaduna State, ex Chief Accountant of the Broadcasting Company of Northern Nigeria(BCNN) and one of the first set of Chartered Accountants in Northern Nigeria has 3 mud houses to his name?
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by CIOSYLVA(m): 3:33pm On May 23, 2017|
AM THINKING HE DIDN'T KNOW THE WORD "CORRUPTION" BY THEN.
WELL LIFE IS ALL ABOUT CHOICE...
I SALUTE HIS PRINCIPLED NATURE
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by nabiz(m): 3:33pm On May 23, 2017|
wasted life. he did not own any single organisation even if na Humanitarian organisation. ...how i wish i can meet him in person to ask him why he did not invest his money.
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by NorthernParrot: 3:34pm On May 23, 2017|
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by CROWNWEALTH019(m): 3:35pm On May 23, 2017|
The only saint in naija
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by littlewonders: 3:37pm On May 23, 2017|
The truth is always the last to reveal itself.
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by subtlemee(f): 3:39pm On May 23, 2017|
As a Nigerian, I'm not convinced
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|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by SalamRushdie: 3:39pm On May 23, 2017|
He is the true Mai Gaskiya and not that conman called Buhari
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|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by spartan117(m): 3:41pm On May 23, 2017|
CIOSYLVA:there is nothing worth saluting about poverty. he earned enough salary as a governor dat he could have invested, his poverty is all down to his lack of investment. u don't have to steal or be corrupt to get rich
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by kenoc: 4:27pm On May 23, 2017|
I think something is wrong somewhere. He failed to invest his money not that he was not corrupt. It is not only through corrupt means one can be rich. Such a man may not be able to manage any public office well.
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by Nobody: 4:30pm On May 23, 2017|
who said that a man who earns over N740k/month in pension is a poor man? where are his children?? i guess they all have choice properties in Abuja. trust Nigerian politician at ur own peril
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by Splashme: 4:31pm On May 23, 2017|
They were telling us lies about Buhari owning mud houses only for us to later discover he actually owns mansions I Maitama, Asokoro, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by otokx(m): 4:32pm On May 23, 2017|
This lie sounds familiar.
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by BoleynDynaSTY(f): 4:38pm On May 23, 2017|
otokx:you can say that again. In 2 baba's voice "they want to tell us wetin we never hear b4". Doesn't he get any money abi pension as a former governor?
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by cjeriia: 4:48pm On May 23, 2017|
Tell that to the owls. We all know d OP is trying to make a case for him as d next President. Kolewerk......!!!!!!
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by deedeedee1: 4:58pm On May 23, 2017|
Buhari said he had "at least one million naira" while gej said he had only one shoe.
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by Jabioro: 4:58pm On May 23, 2017|
I heard you.. na so
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by Jabioro: 4:59pm On May 23, 2017|
If he like let him reside in thatched grass house is non of my business, must he spend his time join my own I beg face front!
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by MDsambo: 5:32pm On May 23, 2017|
A three bedroom bungalow, a monthly pension of N741,000,
Poorest governor indeed
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by doublewisdom: 5:34pm On May 23, 2017|
Yes o, he's as poor as Buhari in 2014.
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by Nobody: 5:38pm On May 23, 2017|
So that is what passes for mud houses these days.
Na was o
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by slivertongue: 5:41pm On May 23, 2017|
he was impeached for refusing to bribe the house of assembly members
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|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by Joephat(m): 5:49pm On May 23, 2017|
For those who don't know history, balarabe musa was impeached as a governor of kaduna because his party could not get a majority seat in the house.
So the opposition removed him just after 8months
My father by then was still searching for greener pastures and don't even know he will marry somebody like my mother talk more of giving birth to me.
So this man should focus on his old age and leave politics alone.
We are tired of old ppl
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by Joephat(m): 5:51pm On May 23, 2017|
He was impeached bcoz the opposition party has the majority seat in the house
Stop campaigning for an old man that will eat your destiny..
He spent just 8months before he was ousted
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by loopmongoat: 5:52pm On May 23, 2017|
A good man
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by sbashir10: 5:55pm On May 23, 2017|
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by TonyeBarcanista(m): 5:58pm On May 23, 2017|
A pension of 740k monthly and you say he is poor? that man is wealthy abeg
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by Houseofglam7(f): 6:03pm On May 23, 2017|
Him monthly pension pass most people house rent and dem dey say he poor
Who dey find slap abeg?
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by walosky(m): 6:05pm On May 23, 2017|
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by hegelian: 6:10pm On May 23, 2017|
nabiz:who told he didnt?? he is a major share holder of StanbicIBTC nigeria.... a daughter of her was made a manger in one of kano state branch because of his standing in the bank...she even diverted the bank money for personal biz and nothing happened to her...Nigeria case is the more you look the less you see....no saint in the country brother, one is just a better thief than the other
|Re: Meet Nigeria’s Poorest Ex-governor - He Has 3 Mud Houses by kbitss(f): 6:26pm On May 23, 2017|
Specifically, a three bedroom bungalow, a monthly pension of N741,000, a 1,200 acre farm and an old Mercedes Benz car are his only possession.
Is this not enufff
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