At 81, my wish and desire for Nigeria is unfulfilled 57 years after independence – Balarabe Musa

Balarabe Musa

Musa, who turned 81 on Oct. 21, said in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, that his birthday wish was to have better Nigeria.

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Musa is a left-wing Nigerian politician who was elected Governor of Kaduna State during the Second Republic.

“He held office from October 1979 until he was impeached on June 23, 1981.

“During the fourth Republic he was the leader of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, a coalition of opposition parties.’’

Musa said: “Though, I felt great on the attainment of new age and achievements in life, I would have been more fulfilled, if the country has overcome most of its development challenges.

“At 81, I will say I feel great and I thank God for everything. But, I am not completely fulfilled because we are yet to have the country of our dreams.

“We are yet to have a country where there is equity and respect for rights and dignity of all citizens.

“We are yet to have a country where the governed are good followers and leaders think first think about the people and not the other way round.

“I desire a better Nigeria where everyone will feel the impact of governance that is my birthday wish for the country.’’

He decried the non-payment of pensions and salaries by many states in spite of the Federal Government’s intervention with the Paris Club loan refund.

Musa described the situation as “an erosion of human dignity’’ as workers were finding it hard to survive.

He also decried corruption in high places, urging the Federal Government to confront the menace head on.

The former governor of Kaduna said that the country was facing serious challenges and advised the government to do all it could to address the problems.

Musa then urged the government to “rescue the economy from the private sector’’ which he said had impoverished citizens for profit motive.

He said that the government should take back some corporations which were privatised and run them for the wellbeing of its citizen.

“This privatisation of the economy is creating a survival of the fittest situation. Government needs to go back to business and put the economy in public hands,” Musa said.

The statesman and foremost politician urged Nigerians to work with unity of purpose for the progress and development of the country, saying that division was antithetical to development.


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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.


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