Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has described the death of elder statesman and former governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, as a huge shock.

Aregbesola in a tribute he personally signed, titled ‘Mallam Balarabe Musa: The End of An Era,’ said his passage caught him unaware, adding that a leader and pillar in the struggle to build a just, humane and progressive society in Nigeria has returned to his maker.

According to him, “Mallam Musa was a patriot, democrat, socialist, consummate defender of the poor, advocate of social and economic justice, promoter of human rights, liberty and dignity and, above all, a very good man. His passage at 84 is the end of an era.”

The minister stated that the late elder statesman was a man of steely resolve on principles, yet soft to the core in relations with people.

In his statement, Aregbesola said the elder statesman will be well represented in the pantheons of the heroes of democracy for his brave and uncompromising stand on military disengagement and return of civil democratic rule, all through the period of military rule. This was at a great personal risk and discomfort.

While commiserating with the deceased’s family, the people and government of Kaduna State and all Nigerians on the irreparable loss, Aregbesola prayed that Allah would forgive his shortcomings and grant him a beautiful abode in Aljannah Firdausi.