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Balarabe Musa (1936 – 2020)

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Balarabe Musa was undiminished by his controversial impeachment and removal from the office of governor of old Kaduna State in 1981. Elected as the first civilian governor of the state in Nigeria’s Second Republic in 1979, under the banner of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), he was poised to govern based on progressive ideals.

His four-year term was, however, cut short by hostile members of the opposition in the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) who dominated the state’s House of Assembly. His political antagonists in the legislature blocked his attempts to form a cabinet by refusing to ratify his nominees reportedly because he refused to accommodate NPN members. The dramatic deadlock resulted in his impeachment and removal, making him the first Nigerian state governor to be impeached and removed.

It was a defining juncture that showed the strength of his political convictions. This experience did not change him and did not change his image as a progressive politician. Ideologically, he was an unapologetic leftist, and refused to be discouraged even after leftism had declined globally.

Musa stuck to his politics of principles till he died on November 11, aged 84.  He projected a revolutionary orientation that focused on the liberation of the poor. His ultimate political goal was the redemption of the Talakawa, Hausa for the common people.

He attended Zaria Middle School from 1947 to 1952 and trained as an accountant at the Institute of Administration, Zaria. He worked as a clerk, school teacher and accountant.

He demonstrated his pro-poor ideology early in his political life. In the 1950s, he joined the socialism-driven Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) under the legendary Mallam Aminu Kano.  He continued on the path of progressivism with the PRP in the 1970s, also under Mallam Kano, and was elected governor.

After conservative forces removed him from the governorship, he remained active as a social critic and pro-democracy actor.  He visibly supported the campaign against the annulment of the 1993 Nigerian presidential election by military oppressors. He opposed the dictatorial regime of Gen Sani Abacha and his self-succession moves.

It was testimony to his ideological consistency that he revived the PRP when the country returned to democracy in 1999, and became the party’s chairman and national leader. His position as chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), a coalition of opposition parties, in the Fourth Republic, reflected his political stature.

When he unsuccessfully ran for president in 2003 under the PRP, he was reported saying he had no money to even print posters. This episode further highlighted the fact that he was not the regular acquisitive politician familiar to Nigerians.  Musa lived simply with modest possessions, which was uncommon for a Nigerian politician of his standing.

“We need a revolution in Nigeria to have a positive change in the political system,” he was quoted as saying in 2009. On Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary in October, he said in an interview: “Honestly, the country has not fared well at 60. It is very disappointing that this is where we are… The economic and political models we are currently operating only empower a few. Governments must be structured to impact positively on the masses.”

When he quit politics and resigned as PRP chairman in 2018, prompted by his deteriorating health, it marked the end of a political life characterised by integrity.  He was a voice of conscience who spoke to people in power about the responsibilities of power.

Musa did not have the opportunity to practicalise his governance ideas. His impeachment and removal from office in less than two years terminated the promise of his governorship. But the power of his ideas, particularly the necessary empowerment of the poor, remains.

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”I’m okay here o” – Singer Simi replies fan who said she’s supposed to be singing in Heaven

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Popular Nigerian singer, Simi, was engaged in a funny Twitter exchange with a follower who said she’s supposed to be singing in heaven.


The fan was probably overwhelmed by the beautiful voice Simi has been blessed with and he posted a compliment that seemed out of context.


The fan wrote ;

Simi is one of the singers that are suppose to be in Heaven singing.

Hallelujah to God, cause this world don’t deserve that voice.

”Singing in heaven” might have a darker meaning because Simi would have to leave this earth get to heaven and the tweet got the attention of the mother-of-one and she replied ;

Please oh I’m not complaining oh. I’m ok here oh

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Arsenal news live: Szoboszlai to make final decision, Eriksen’s claim, Gunners want Ozcan

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Arsenal news and gossip is coming in thick and fast and Sportarena is on hand to bring you all the very latest from Emirates stadium.


Dominik Szoboszlai development

Red Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai is reportedly to make final decision over his future in the next one or two weeks.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks with both Rb Leipzig and AC Milan also interested in signing the Hungarian international in January transfer window.

And according to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, claim the 20-year-old is yet to make final decision over his future with both Arsenal and Rb Leipzig battle over the signature of talented playmaker.

Fabrizio Romano was speaking on the Here We Go podcast (via This is Futbol ), where he provided an update on the Hungary international, who has been in fine form with Red Bull Salzburg this season.

‘Get ready because, I think in one or two weeks, we will have the final decision [of] Dominik Szoboszlai. There are a lot of clubs working to sign him, we said about Arsenal [being] interested, but he’s not the only option – also [Houssem] Aouar, also many others, so he’s not the only option,’ Romano explained.

‘We also said about AC Milan – that many times they were in contact last summer with his agents and there are also other clubs. [Red Bull] Leipzig, for sure – obviously, with Salzburg, they have a direct link, but other clubs are looking at the situation.’

Christian Eriksen’s Inter stance

Arsenal target Christian Eriksen is unwilling to leave Inter Milan on loan in January, according to Italian outlet Tuttosport.

The 28-year-old playmaker left Tottenham Hotspur in January to make the switch to the Italian giants, but life at the San Siro hasn’t quite gone to plan for the Denmark international – who has been linked with a move to the Gunners.

The ex-Spurs star appears not to have a long-term future with Antonio Conte’s side, but a loan move away now appears unlikely in January transfer window.

This means if Mikel Arteta was to bring the 28-year-old to the Emirates Stadium, then he may need some funds provided by the club’s owners.

Arsenal want new Ozil

Arsenal have reportedly interesting in signing Istanbul Basaksehir playmaker Berkay Ozcan, who compared with Mesut Ozil.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has impressed since his move from Hamburg, and has broken into the Turkish national side.

And according to The Sun reports that Mikel Arteta’s side have been tracking him since his spell at Stuttgart and they prepare to launch a bid for the attacking midfielder.

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Peruzzi releases new single ‘Southy Love’ as he celebrates his 31st birthday

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Popular singer, Tobechukwu Okoh, better known as Peruzzi is marking his 31st birthday today 5th of December with a new single titled ‘Southy Love.’


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The DMW records signee had taken to Twitter to announce the release of the single featuring Fireboy DML a few hours to midnight on his birthday.

“ITS MY F*CKING BIRTHDAY !!!!!! SOUTHY LOVE OUT NOW !!!! THANK YOU @fireboydml @priimebeatz!!!!!,” Peruzzi wrote some minutes after midnight as he wished himself a happy birthday.

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The singer partied all night at a luxury restaurant, The Grind, located on Lagos Island with the likes of Davido and a few other friends.

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Watch short footage from his mini birthday turn up …

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