President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, has urged the followers of the late Balarabe Musa to rally the masses and form a political party that will fulfill the socialist vision of the late politician.
The ASUU president attributed the impeachment and removal of late Balarabe as Kaduna State governor in 1981 to his refusal to allow corrupt establishment to derail his welfarist agenda for the common people in his state.
Ogunyemi, who described Balarabe as a revolutionary leader and an ally of the union said this in a statement on Sunday.
He said, ” 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.
“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.
“ASUU has lost a great ally in Balarabe Musa’s death. He was a major source of inspiration to 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 at a short notice. And 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 ideal of a socialist Nigeria would have been a model for Africa. His 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.”
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