The TakeItBack Movement has commended Balarabe Musa, on his decision to step down for younger generations.
Describing Musa as an "Incorruptible Icon of Progressive Politics", the group described his decision as "welcome news", which shows that he "values the progress of his party and the nation".
Balarabe had announced his decision to stepdown from his position as the National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), for "young and fresher blood", and citing "declining energy and failing health".
A statement by Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, Director, PR, Media and Communication of TakeItBack Movement/Sowore2019, praised Musa for his decision, noting that "it is refreshing to see that the old guards are starting to concede that, for Nigeria to progress, there must be room at the table for fresh ideas".
The statement read: "The Take It Back Movement commends the former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, on his retirement from active service as the National Chairman of his party, the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) as he cites fading health as the reason for stepping down.
"In a country where the president resides abroad for months on end, enjoying the investments other countries have made in their health care system, and still hopes to run for a second term even in his frail, ineffectual condition, this is welcome news indeed.
"Balarabe Musa has served Nigeria fearlessly and tirelessly. He holds the unique distinction of being the first elected Nigerian official to be impeached when in 1981, a corrupt State House of Assembly led by the then NPN (forerunner of today’s APC and PDP) removed him from office for standing firm against corruption.
"For almost 40 years, Balarabe Musa has exemplified selfless service and personified patriotism. With his last action as Chairman of his party, the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), he has again shown that he values the progress of his party and the nation, over the senseless accumulation of power. Many Nigerians might be pleasantly surprised that an incumbent leader should take this decision to give younger, fitter leaders the opportunity to emerge in creating a stronger nation. This is, however, exactly the type of action that selfless leaders take.
"While the Movement has always maintained that age cannot be the sole criterion for fit governance, it is refreshing to see that the old guards are starting to concede that, for Nigeria to progress, there must be room at the table for fresh ideas."
Calling on politicians to borrow a leaf from him, the group said: "It is our hope that the other leaders take this important lesson on board as we continue to press forward in our struggle to reclaim Nigeria".
The Movement also thanked him for his warm welcome when its leader, Omoyele Sowore, visited Kaduna.