Maitama Sule: Osinbajo Visits Kano, Condoles With Residents

Osinbajo Condemns Attacks On Taraba CommunitiesNigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has described late Maitama Sule as a great orator who served Nigeria from childhood till his last moments.

He said this during a one-day condolence visit to Kano State where he noted that he met the late politician for the first time when he (Osinbajo) was 15 years old at a time when Dr Sule became Nigeria’s first youngest minister.

He was received at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and other top government officials.

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Osinbajo then proceeded to the Emir’s Palace, where he was recieved by Muhammadu Sanusi (ii) and his district heads.

On his part, Sanusi prayed for the repose of the soul of late Dr Sule while expressing appreciation for Osinbajo’s Visit.

Although Maitama Sule has since been laid to rest, government officials, friends and associates are still trooping to Kano to pay tributes to the family of the elder statesman who died in active service to Nigeria.

Nasarawa Govt. Describes Maitama Sule As A Great Asset To Nigeria

The Nasarawa state Governor Tanko Al-Makura has condoled with the family of Yusuf Maitama Sule describing him as a detribalized Nigerian.

He said that he received the news of his death with shock and commiserated with the people of Kano State and Nigerians as a whole.

According to him, the elder statesman was a patriotic Nigerian who has left an indelible mark in the sands of history.

The governor reiterated that the deceased has left a vacuum that cannot be filled among his pedigree in politics and his concern for the less privileged.

In the same vain, the Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi also commiserated with the family of the elder statesman.

He described the Speaker as a great asset to Nigeria whose vacuum will hardly be filled.

He added that his demise is a big blow to the nation.

FEC Honours Late Maitama Sule

Members of the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday observed a one minute silence in honour of the late elder statesman, Maitama Sule.

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who just returned from the 29th African Union summit in Addis Ababa, presided over the meeting.

He reiterated the message of unity and indivisibility of Nigeria which he said the late patriarch preached.

Furthermore, he described the late orator and former minister in the first republic as patriotic, and a committed nationalist whose interventions made a huge difference in the nation.

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He also noted that the Federal Government was represented at the funeral by a delegation led by the Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari.

Dr Sule died on Monday in a hospital in Egypt while undergoing treatment for an illness. He was buried on Tuesday in accordance with Islamic rites in Kano State.

Thousands of Kano residents, political leaders and top government functionaries attended the burial prayers held at the Emir of Kano’s Palace.

PHOTOS: Thousands Attend Maitama Sule’s Burial

Thousands of people attended the burial of elder statesman, Maitama Sule on Tuesday as the Dan Masani Kano was laid to rest at the palace of the Emir of Kano.

Maitama Sule died in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Monday at the age of 87.

The body of the elder statesman had earlier arrived in Abuja before it was flown to Kano State in a Nigerian Air Force aircraft.

See photos of the burial below:

Maitama Sule Buried In Kano Amid Tributes

Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum and elder statesman, Yusuf Maitama Sule has been buried in accordance with Islamic rites in Kano State.

Sule, the Dan Masani Kano, died in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Monday at the age of 87.

Thousands of Kano residents, political leaders and top government functionaries attended the burial prayers held at the Kano Emirate.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III; Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje and representatives of the Northern Elders Forum were among those at the prayers and burial.

Governor Muhammad Abubakar of Bauchi State, Professor Ango Abdullahi and many other associates of late Dan Masani were also among those gathered to mourn the man they all described as “second to none”.

Governor Ganduje described the late elder statesman as an irreplaceable intellectual who devoted his entire time to serving Nigeria and Africa in general.

Although he said a replacement would be hard to find for Sule, the governor explained that time is the healer of all wounds.

Professor Ango Abdullahi, Dr Junaid Muhammad said few words cannot describe the man Nigeria has lost.

After Maitama Sule was laid to rest, many mourners were seen trooping to his Kano residence to express their condolences to his family.

Ortom Calls On Nigerians To Unite In Honour Of Maitama Sule

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urge Nigerians and all ethnic nationalities to shelve the idea of disintegration and inter-tribal threats in honour of the sacrifices and contribution of  elder statesman, Maitama Sule.

Gov. Ortom gave this advise while addressing journalist on the gains of Nigerians living together, believing that the country is better off in terms of security and development.

The governor also commiserated with the government and people of Kano state and advise Nigerians to emulate the virtues of past heroes who gave their all the building the country to what it is today.

“I express my condolences to the government and people of Kano state and Nigerians at large, because the impact of Maitama Sule gave to Nigeria during his life time cannot be over-emphasised”.

” He served diligently, he fought for the unity of this country, he stood for the truth.

“He stood for patriotism, he stood to unite and to build a one Nigeria,

“It is unfortunate that he left this very time that there are divisive voices of disunity over our country Nigeria.

“My prayer is that the almighty God will keep his soul and may his soul rest in peace”.

Aisha Buhari Mourns Maitama Sule

Wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of the late elder statesman, Maitama Sule.

She described him as one of the leading lights of Nigeria and an epitome of humility, moderation, tolerance, patriotism and love.

“My heartfelt condolences go to the family of the Danmasanin Kano, the Kano State government and people of Kano state in general over the death of Alh. Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule.

“I pray Allah grants him Aljannatul Firdaus and his family the fortitude to bear this loss,” she said in a tweet.

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“He will be remembered for his stabilising role as an elder and statesman and a national example whose life is worthy of commendation and emulation,” Mrs Buhari added.

Dr Sule died at the age of 87 at a hospital in Cairo while undergoing treatment for an illness.

Sympathisers have continued to pay tribute to him even as many describe the death as shocking.

His body arrived in Kano on Tuesday afternoon where he is expected to be buried at the Emir of Kano’s Palace.

Maitama Sule’s Body Arrives In Nigeria

The body of late elder statesman and politician, Maitama Sule has arrived Nigeria.

The Kano State Government had announced that he would be buried by 4:00 pm on Tuesday at the Emir’s palace and also declared the day a public holiday in honour of him.

Dr Sule died in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt’s capital while receiving treatment for an illness.

Tributes have continued to pour in following the announcement of his death with some of Nigeria’s top government officials expressing shock over the news.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki described him as a true nationalist and therefore used the opportunity to call on citizens to embrace dialogue and resolve inter-ethnic differences as a way of honouring the legacy of the late politician.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and former President, Goodluck Jonathan also mourned the death of elder statesman.

Osinbajo said the one-time Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN would best remembered on the global scene as one of the nation’s foremost envoys whose clarity of voice and vision contributed significantly to the high esteem and respect the country earned at the United Nations.

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Maitama Sule’s Body Arrives In Kano

The body of the late elder statesman, Maitama Sule has arrived in Kano where hundreds of symphatisers have been waiting to take part in his funeral.

The mourners and sympathizers had trooped to his residence to register their condolences to the family, people and the government of Kano State.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje together with the Bauchi State Governor Muhammad Abubakar are now receiving visitors before the funeral prayers which is expected to take place at the Emir of Kano’s Palace,

Governor Ganduje who believes it would be hard for Nigeria to fill the void left by the Dan Masani urged Kano residents and Nigerians to continue to pray for him especially for his service to national development.

The governor of Bauchi State recalled that the late elder statesman was responsible for the eradication of the scourge of apartheid when he led the United Nations committee of anti-apartheid.

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Buhari Condoles With Nigerians Over Maitama Sule’s Death

Buhari Condoles With Nigerians Over Maitama Sule’s DeathPresident Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with Nigerians over the death of elder statesman, Dr. Maitama Sule which he described as a heavy loss.

Maitama Sule died on July 3 in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt’s capital while receiving treatment for an illness.

In a letter addressed to the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje and personally signed by the president on Monday, he described the death of the patriarch as a heavy loss to Nigeria.

The president also commended the memory of the service of the Danmasinin Kano to the country as one not tainted with the remotest hint of scandal.

Part of the letter read: “As a Minister in the First Republic, he (Maitama Sule) was one of those who assisted our founding fathers – Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello and Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa – to fashion Nigeria politically and lay the grounds of national co-existence. Maitama Sule was blessed by God with a wonderful voice and outstanding eloquence. He served with distinction in the First Republic, the Second Military regime, as well as the Second Republic, without him being tainted with the remotest hint of scandal”.

“As a person, I found him personable with unceasing good humour. Nothing personified his faith more than the fact that on losing his sight, he did not retreat in himself sulking on account of his ill-fortune. Quite to the contrary, he honoured virtually all invitations extended to him and spoke as usual with singular eloquence and unparalleled wit. In my discussions with him, I greatly valued his counsel, and I never ceased to be amazed by his concern for the well-being of his country rather than his personal interests,” the president said.

Osinbajo, Jonathan Pay Tribute To Maitama Sule

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and former President Goodluck Jonathan have mourned the death of elder statesman, Maitama Sule.

Maitama Sule died Monday in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt’s capital while receiving treatment for an illness.

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Professor Osinbajo, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Government and the entire people of Nigeria, extended his heartfelt condolences to family, friends, associates of the late Danmasinin Kano, as well as the government of Kano State.

According to him, the one-time Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN is best remembered on the global scene as one of the nation’s foremost envoys whose clarity of voice and vision contributed significantly to the high esteem and respect the country earned at the United Nations.

He also described Dr. Sule as an illustrious son of Nigeria, a great leader and a committed nationalist who positioned himself as an agent of unity, lamenting that his death was a loss to the nation.

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In a statement by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, former President Jonathan, on his part, described the Danmasinin Kano as a committed patriot and celebrated African.

Dr. Jonathan said: “He (Maitama Sule) was an accomplished leader, diplomat and elder statesman who served Nigeria and Africa in different capacities to the best of his abilities. I remember him as a great leader who worked relentlessly for Nigeria’s development”.

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“He functioned as a reliable navigator in difficult times both at home and abroad, especially with the commitment he showed towards dismantling the last vestiges of apartheid. The canon he preached and lived as a committed patriot was genuine love for our nation which manifested in his sincerity, hard work and deep embrace of people and politicians from all parts of the country,” the former president added.