Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former executive Governor of Kaduna state Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa as he turns 81.
According to a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant Media and Publucity to president Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari described Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, as a “man of unassailable integrity and untainted record of public service.”
President Buhari further described the former civilian governor of the old Kaduna State, as a “man of unassailable integrity and untainted record of public service.”
Adding that “Balarabe Musa is one of Nigeria’s brightest stars of integrity and sterling principles”, adding that, “the octogenarian has lived to his reputation by avoiding any conduct associated with corruption and dishonour.”
President Buhari recalled that his close association with Alh. 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.”
Praising Musa’s independent-mindedness, Buhari stressed that the principled politician can criticise even his friends, associates and allies when it comes to politics, urging other politicians and younger citizens in particular to emulate Alhaji Musa’s virtuous life of integrity, selflessness and patriotism in order to make Nigeria achieve progress.
The President said politics is public service and not an opportunity to amass wealth overnight at the expense of the ordinary people or the voters.
Finally, Buhari prayed that God will continue to bless the elder statesman with better health, more wisdom and longer life in the service of the country.