Published On: Tue, Jul 4th, 2017

How Maitama Sule will be remembered, by leaders

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From Edwin Olofu, Mustapha Adamu, Kano, Christiana Ekpa and Musa Adamu Abuja

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed “profound sorrow” about the news of the death of Nigeria’s elder statesman, Maitama Sule.
The acting vice president described Maitama Sule, a two-time minister and Dan Masani Kano as a national asset.
This is even as Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje declared yesterday a work – free day in the state to mourn the death of the elder statesman.
Confirming his death, the Kano State Government through the Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba in statement distributed to newsmen in Kano, said Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule died at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt where he was receiving treatment for an illness.
It further stated that Funeral prayer for the deceased would be conducted Tuesday at the Emir’s Palace, Kofar Kudu, by 4:00pm.
The former Nigerian representative at United Nations, died in Cairo, Egypt on Monday morning. He was 88.
Family source informed Peoples Daily that Sule died of cardiac arrest at the wee hours of yesterday at a Cairo hospital, Egypt.
The source added that the former Federal Commissioner Public Complaint was taken to Egypt on Friday when his health condition deteriorated.
The deceased left behind 4 children, a wife and several grand children.
He was a presidential candidate under the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) but lost to president Shehu Shahar in 1979.
He also held several ministerial and political appointments.
He would be laid in accordance to Islamic rites if his body is returned to Kano.
Osinbajo added that Nigerians home and away will miss the immense contribution of Mr. Sule for the forseeable future.
His words; “On behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Government and the entire people of Nigeria, the Acting President conveys heartfelt condolences on this loss of a great national asset.”
In a statement signed by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the acting president urged. Sule’s family, friends and associates, to be consoled by the fact that his selfless commitment to the stability of Nigeria will not be forgotten and would always be honoured.
Senator President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has also expressed deep shock over the news of the death of elder statesman, the Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji (Dr.) Yusuf Maitama Sule, and said that with his death, Nigeria has lost a great nationalist.
This was just as the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, also expressed deep grief over the passing on of Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) and Minister of National Guidance, Alhaji Maitama Sule.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the late Sule as a detribalized Nigerian who spoke truth to power at all times during his lifetime.
As a mark of respect for the late Dan Masanin Kano, Saraki urged Nigerians to toe the path of dialogue in addressing their grievances and eschew ethnic tensions as embodied by the late former minister, saying that, “this is the highest respect we will pay to his legacies”.
Ekweremadu, who paid glowing tribute to the late politician, described the death as a heavy blow, not only to the Government and good people of Kano State, but also the entire nation.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has described the death of Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, as a monumental loss to the African continent.
Dogara, in statement, issued by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, said although the late Dan Masanin Kano, was of age, nonetheless the sad news of his death came to him as a shock.
He said the Danmasani was a colossus, patriot, father to all, and a distinguished elder-statesman who wrote his name in gold in the annals of Nigeria’s history.
Similarly, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has described the death of Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji Maitama Sule, as a great loss, saying the deceased has impacted the nation positively in various spheres of human endeavour.
In a statement issued in Sokoto Monday by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal described the late orator and former diplomat as a complete gentleman and good citizen who dedicated his life to the unity, progress and development of Nigeria.
“The people and government of Sokoto State received with shock, the news of the passage of Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji Maitama Sule,
“Our country has lost a rare breed. A leading light from the old generation has been extinguished. He was a complete gentleman whose honesty, commitment and dedication to the unity of Nigeria will forever be cherished, “ Tambuwal said.

Danmasani’s death a colossal loss to Nigeria-Yakassai

From Edwin Olofu, Kano

The news of the death of the Nigeria’s famous son Yusuf Maitama Sule, (Dan Masanin Kano), first Republic minister and former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative at the United Nation, came to many people in kano state as a shock despite the state of his poor health before his death.
As at 9:am Monday people were seen discussing in hush tones about the rumored death of the elder statesman, while the social media was a washed with news of his demise.
Our correspondent gathered that at the initial stage people didn’t believe the news of his demise owing to fact that this not the first time that he was pronounced rumour about his death only for the family to debunked it.
Unfortunately, the sad news this time was real, after family sources confirmed that the orator have passed away.
The deceased left behind many children, a wife and several grand children.
Maitama Sule was an orator, diplomat and elder-statesman he became the
Federal Commissioner of public complaints, he was a presidential candidate of the National party of Nigeria lost to Shehu Shagari.
He was appointed Nigeria’s representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979.
His childhood friend and elder statesman Tanko Yakasai described his death as a colossal loss to Nigeria.
His words: “The death of Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, Danmasanin Kano is a colossal loss not only to his family, his friends and political associates, but to the entire Nigerian nation. A highly remarkable character, Danmasani was a friend to all and enemy to none.
“We have been together since our younger age and our friendship has transcended to our children. Even though we parted ways politically at a certain stage of our political life, fate brought us together when Kano State was created where we both served as pioneer members of the state executive council to the end of the lifetime of our administration.
Continuing, he added that,: “During the Second Republic we were again brought together by Almighty God under the banner of the defunct National Party of Nigeria, NPN, under who’s government we both served;
he served as Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations
and I served as Presidential Liaison Officer in the National Assembly.
We remained as best of friends’ right from our childhood, never had any
personal quarrel. Extremely jovial person, there was never a dull
moment with Maitama. I wish to extend my heartfelt condolence to his
beloved wife, Hajiya Nusa, his children and extended family. May God
repose his gentle soul in eternal peace? May Almighty grant his
family, all of us his friends and associates courage and fortitude to
bear this irreparable loss? Amen.”

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In the same vein, former Kano state governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has described the death of Danmasssanin Kano, Alhaji Maitama Sule , as a great loss to the nation, describing him as an Icon who contributed immensely to the socio -economic and political development of the country.
This was contained in a statement signed by Alhaji Sule Yau Sule the Senior Special Assistant media and Public Relation to Sardaunan Kano, Malam Shekarau, a copy made available to pressmen on Monday in Kano.
Sardaunan Kano said “the death of Danmassanin Kano, was a great loss to the Nation and people at the position of authority, especially in Kano who enjoy the wisdom and guidance of late Dr.Maitama Sule “
According to Sardaunan Kano, “while in service of Kano as Governor, I truly tapped from Danmassanin ‘s experience, his guidance had greatly assisted me to pilot the affairs of the state “.
His words” the state and the Nation will dearly missed his oratory ,diction and humour speech, Danmasanin ‘s versatile and eloquent presentation of addresses at any fora, always made teeming masses to always listening to him”.

Late maitama sule a detribalised Nigerian

By Umar Muhammad Puma

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa state has received with shock the news of the death of the elder stateman, Dan Masanin Kano Alh Yusuf Maitama Sule a detribalised Nigerian.
In a statement signed by Ahmed Tukur Apecial Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, described late Maitama Sule as a patriotic Nigerian who stands for his country and for the common man.
He said that the death of the late Dan masanin Kano is a great loss to the entire country whose vacuum will be hard to fill.
Al-makura said that Maitama sule is an exceptional politician whose experience transverse several continents and greatly improved the polity and shaped the country’s democratic disposition.

Maitama Sule was a man of unblemished public record – Atiku

By Umar Muhammad Puma
Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress Atiku Abubakar says unblemished public service record was one of the greatest and most indelible virtues for which the Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji Maitama Sule would be remembered by Nigerians and the world.
In a tribute to the late Dan Masanin Kano who died in Cairo, the former Vice President in a statement by his Media Office in Abuja, noted that the deceased was one of Nigeria’s greatest and most remarkable politicians whose vast experience, knowledge and wisdom are invaluable and immeasurable.
According to the Waziri Adamawa, the late Maitama Sule was an epitome of selfless service to the people, adding that politicians of his generation were dedicated to service with integrity, qualities which he said, have been significantly eroded since the end of the First Republic.

APC mourns elder statesman Maitama Sule

By Umar Muhammad Puma
The All Progressives Congress (APC) expresses grief over the passage of respected elderstateman, Alhaji (Dr.) Yusuf Maitama Sule who died at the age of 88 on Monday.
I’m a statement by the National publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the party commiserates with the late Maitama Sule’s immediate family, the Emir of Kano, the people and government of Kano State, the federal government and indeed the international community over the sad loss.
Nigeria has indeed lost a distinguished politician, progressive voice, public servant and patriot who made the country proud in all public assignments he undertook on behalf of the country – locally and internationally.
The party recalls fondly the late Maitama Sule exemplary service as two-time minister and pioneer head of newly established ombudsman body, Public Complaints Commission (PCC).

Nigeria will miss a great nationalist – PDP

By Ali Alkali
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) morns the passing a way of the Elder Statesman, Alhaji (Dr.) Yusuf Maitama Sule, noting that he “has left us at a time his wise and experienced counsel is still needed.”
Extending its condolences the party said: “The Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under Senator Ahmed Makarfi, on behalf of the entire organs of the Party, commiserate with the Government and people of Kano State especially, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in particular, the Family of the Deceased Icon, and the Nation over the demise of this great Orator, Politician, and Diplomat, Alhaji Maitama Sule.
In a statement signed by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, National Publicity Secretary, PDP-NCC, the party said it “received with great shock, the news of passing away of the Elder Statesman” describing him as leader who “carried out this responsibility diligently and reduced corruption index in the Country by using the PCC Platform to expose corrupt officers in government” when he was Pioneer Chairman of the Public Complaint Commission (PCC) in 1975, an office created by the Regime to hear complaints from Nigerians on all issues of governance.
“Alhaji Maitama Sule has left us at a time his wise and experienced counsel is still needed. His demise is not only a loss to the Nation but also to Africa. We will miss his astute contribution on various issues of national development.
“We pray Allah rest his Soul; and pray the fortitude for his family to bear this great loss.”

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