Buhari, others laud Balarabe’s role in Nigeria
Besides, Musa himself refused to be physically present on the occasion of the launch of a book titled, The Incorruptible Balarabe Musa in Kaduna, due to what he termed “acting on my principle and ideology.”
Buhari, who decried what he called excessive materialism among the elite and other members of the society, urged Nigerians to emulate Musa and live lives worthy of emulation.
He described Musa as a remarkable person, who was not afraid of commenting on any issue under the sun.
He added: “The likes of Balarabe are kind of people we need in this country. They are people who we know where they stand on every issue. He is a straightforward person who had to leave office (as governor of Kaduna) because he could not breach his principles while dealing with the legislative arm of government. He is a very respectable person and I have nothing but respect for his person and his opinion.”
Also speaking, the chairman of the event and a frontline philanthropist, Dr. Lema Jubril, said for years, God has used Balarabe as a thorn to prick the conscience of unjust and corrupt rulers.
Others who spoke at the event include former Kaduna State head of Service, Prof. Aliyu Muhammed, and a politician in the Second Republic, Ambassador Sule Bub.
Speaking on why he could not be present on the occasion of the book launch, Musa said it was a protest against the invitation of two former presidents, Shehu Shagari and Olusegun Obasanjo whom he said had contributed immensely to the backwardness of the nation.
Musa, who spoke in an interview later, explained that “at the onset, I had told the author of the book that I will not be at the launch of the book, particularly when people that I have criticised, and that I have ideological difference with, like Shagari and Obasanjo were invited to the occasion.”
“I gave the writer my conditions, right from the time we met. I asked him to use his judgment in writing the book on me. And I said I will not introduce him to anybody. And you see, it is not in my character to sit down where people are praising me.”
About N2 million was realised at the poorly attended event with the highest donation of N1 million coming from the Akwa Ibom State government.
And as Nigerians await electoral reforms, they have been urged to realise that the laws governing the electoral process remain valid until the 1999 Constitution is amended, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Chief Michael Aondoakaa (SAN), who spoke yesterday at a distinguished yearly guest lecture organised by the University of Jos, argued that in the final analysis, the country will be the beneficiary of the process as it would not only have the necessary legislation to regulate electoral process but also a rich case law to rely on in case of any electoral dispute.
He posited that beyond the legislative proposals and the rich case law that had been developed, “Nigerians must also imbibe a positive political culture.
Speaking on the topic “Electoral Reforms for Sustainable Democracy: Issues and Challenges for Nigeria,” Aondoakaa stated that the citizens must appreciate as a nation, the reasons that prompted the reforms that had been carried out to improve on the electoral process.
Meanwhile, Chief Afro Biukeme, a Delta State governorship aspirant has charged Nigerians to support President Umaru Yar’Adua’s move that the immunity clause be deleted out of the constitution.
Speaking to reporters in Warri, Buikeme insisted that the immunity clause in the constitution was responsible for the rising corruption by public office holders, particularly the governors.
He said that if Nigeria as a nation must move forward and public office holders must wake up to their responsibilities, then the immunity clause should be completely deleted from the constitution.