- Foremost northern leader and ex-Nigerian minister, Alhaji Maitama Sule, died on Monday, July 3
- Alhaji Sule who died in a Cairo Hospital in Egypt has been described as a complete gentleman
- As expected, his death has been drawing reactions from prominent Nigerians given his popularity in Nigeria
Former Head of State General Abdulsalam Abubakar on Sunday, July 9, described the death of late Maitama Sule as touching.
Abubakar, who said this in Kano when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, stressed that the elder statesman’s death was a great loss to Kano and Nigeria as a whole.
He said that the former diplomat was a complete gentleman and good citizen who dedicated his life to the unity, progress and development of Nigeria.
He also revealed that the late politician submitted himself for arrest immediately after the 1983 coup in which many politicians in the country were arrested.
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He recalled that after the 1983 coup as the Brigade Commander, many politicians in the state were arrested except the late Danmasanin Kano (Late Maitama Sule).
“I was at my office and Danmasani came with his luggage. He looked at me and said ‘why should you leave me alone while you have arrested all my associates. I want you to arrest me too and unite me with my fellow politicians in Lagos’. So you see the kind of struggle by people like the late Danmasani in order to unite Nigeria.
“We have indeed lost an irreplaceable lacuna. We call on Nigerians to pray hard for the repose of his soul,” Abdulsalami.
The former head of state said that death had left a big vacuum that would be hard to fill, considering the sincerity of the deceased who he noted served humanity well.
Abubakar, also who condoled with members of the bereaved family and the state government, prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest.
He stated that he was in Kano on behalf of himself and Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida who could not make it due to his health challenges.
Meanwhile, the national chairman of the New Generation Party (NGP), Dr Yakubu Shendam has described late Alhaji Maitama Sule as an icon and a role model to the new generation.
Speaking to journalist in Abuja on Sunday, July 9, Dr Shendam commiserated with the family of Alhaji Maitama Sule, stressing that he was a father and role model to the new generation.
His words: “Maitama Sule lived a life worthy of emulation, this is a man who never gets tired of advising us (youths) from time to time on the importance of unity, peace and love among ourselves.
“As a minister in the First Republic, he was among the those who fashioned Nigeria politically and laid the grounds of national co-existence. I believe his demise should further strengthen us, to emulate is honesty and his kind of life.”
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