By Richard Akinnola
I was once in his house in Kaduna, late one night, at about 11pm. That agbero boy, Shehu Sani took me there to greet the ex-Governor of Kaduna state. An old, simple, austere bungalow. Parked in the compound was a “flat boot” Mercedes Benz that had seen torture. No fence, no police guards.
The sitting room door was ajar. He wasn’t afraid of any armed robber because there was nothing of substance, materially, any robber could steal in the house. Alhaji Balarabe Musa was alone in the sitting room, at peace with himself. In the morning, he would go to his farm and retire later in the day to deal with national issues.
Juxtapose his nondescript house with those of today’s former governors! But Balarabe Musa had no regret living an austere lifestyle.
As Kaduna state second Republic Governor, Balarabe preferred to be impeached by the NPN-controlled House of Assembly, than bribe them to approve his list of commissioners.
He ran the state for about two years without commissioners before he was impeached, culminating in a long-drawn legal battle led by his counsel, GOK Ajayi.
Adieu, Balarabe Musa.