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Ex-Kaduna gov, Balarabe Musa, dies at 84

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A former governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, has died at the age of 84.

The fourth child of late Balarabe Musa, AbdulKasim Balarabe Musa, said his father died of a heart attack on Wednesday.

He said, “For quite some times, my father was having problems with his heart.

“The former Governor of Kaduna, Ramalan Yero, and others took him overseas for medical treatment but since then, his health has been deteriorating.

“We are happy he died this morning (Wednesday) in his sleep around past 8am.”

A former senator from Kaduna State wrote on Twitter, “Balarabe Musa: Inna lillayhir rajiun. May Allah forgive his soul and grant him Aljanna Firdausi. Amin.”

Balarabe, a critic, was the leader of the People’s Redemption Party in the 4th Republic but stepped down as the chairman in 2018 due to health issues.

He was elected governor of Kaduna State during the Nigeria’s Second Republic in 1979 and was impeached on June 23, 1981.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerians have started sending their condolences to the family and the state government.

The President described the former Kaduna governor as “a voice for the voiceless.”

He said this in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, which read, “President Muhammadu Buhari joins government and people of Kaduna State in mourning a former civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, whose passing will be sorely missed by all Nigerians, who have diligently followed his antecedents as a voice for the voiceless.

“President Buhari believes Alhaji Musa reflected the passion and vigour that heralded Nigeria’s independence, which steadily translated into activism for return to democracy at the height of military interregnum and has remained steadfast in the call for good and inclusive governance.

“As the former governor goes home, the President affirms that he left bold footprints on Nigeria’s democracy, and his role in promoting good governance and development will always be remembered and appreciated by posterity.”

In his condolence message, Senator Sani said, ‘Nigeria has lost a patriot, a revolutionary, a nationalist, an honest man and a man of principles and conviction.

“Balarabe Musa lived an accomplished life of honesty, simplicity and service to humanity. He was an exemplar for prudence, dignity and honour.

“Balarabe Musa was the best governor that has ever presided over the affairs of Kaduna State. He was one of the few governors and politicians released after the collapse of the second republic and declared innocent of any wrongdoing.”

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FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office  

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The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).

This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.

The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.

“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”

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56 people eating Nigeria like termites — Al Mustapha alleges

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Former Chief Security Officer to late military Head of State General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al Mustapha

…Says Nigerian soldiers have turned into a police

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Buhari appoints Semiu Adeniran new stastician general

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Semiu Adeniran as the Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics.

The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”

“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”

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