The former President recalled that the politician ran for the presidency on the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) platform in 2003.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described the late Balarabe Musa as a patriot.
The former Nigerian leader said he was shocked by the passing.
In a statement by his spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Wednesday, Obasanjo said the former governor of old Kaduna State had an unwavering belief in a greater Nigeria.
He noted that Musa gave the best of his talent and ability in pursuit of the goal.
“The late Alhaji Balarabe Musa will be remembered for his invaluable contribution to Nigeria’s political evolution.
“He brought renewed activism, verve and resourcefulness to bear on the nation’s polity,” Obasanjo added.
Musa was passionate about the country’s issues. He would be remembered for his critique of government.