ASSU has mourned the late Balarabe Musa, described him as an icon.
News Rain Nigeria reports that the Academic Staff Union of University (ASSU), under the leadership of Professor Biodun Ogunyemi has mourned the late Balarabe Musa, described him also as an iconic revolutionary.
The ASSU on Sunday, 22 November 2020, through a press release, titled “Balarabe Musa: The Exit of an Iconic Revolutionary” described late Balarabe Musa as a revolutionary ruler which rested on socialist ideology revolutionalized education, health, agriculture, transportation, and employment and brought a quantum leap in the quality of life of Kaduna peoples.
ASUU Mourns Balarabe Musa, Describes Him As A Revolutionary
Professor Biodun Ogunyemi through the statement attributed the impeachment of late Balarabe Musa in 1981 (in Kaduna State) to his refusal to allow corrupt establishment derail his welfarist agenda for the common people in his state.
Ogunyemi stated that the Union mourns the passing away of the iconic revolutionary “who worked for the socialist transformation of the world’s most populous black nation, Nigeria”
The ASUU president stressed that the late Balarabe Musa’s “subscription to the socialist ideology of putting the welfare and well-being of the poor at the center of governance made him unpopular with the ruling class reactionary elements of his generation”
Professor Ogunyemi maintained that “status quo” politicians did much to distract “him (Musa) from his socialist pathway for the development of Kaduna State and Nigeria”.
ASSU maintained that the right-wing politicians who were aversed to seeing positive changes in the lives of their people conspired to remove Balarabe Musa from office because he opposed the institutionalization of corruption and self-aggrandizement.
The Staff Union stated further that, if to bid us farewell, Comrade Musa gave the last National Delegates Conference lecture of our Union at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi on the 4th May 2018. Balarabe’s idea of a socialist Nigeria would have been a model for Africa.
The ASSU condolence message noted that Balarabe’s departure is a challenge to the people’s radical movement in Nigeria to close ranks and unite the oppressed to form their own party; with the goal of fulfilling Balarabe’s vision of Nigeria as a free and united people living in a socialist country”
“ASUU has lost a great ally in Balarabe Musa’s death. He was a major source of inspiration for the consolidation of ASUU principles. He stood by the union all through the thick and thin of the 1980s and 1990s. He participated in activities as short notice.