Osinbajo, Dogara mourn Maitama Sule

Former Nigeria Permanent Representative to United Nations, Alhaji Maitama Sule died in a Cairo Hospital at the age of 89 years.
In 1976, he became the Federal Commissioner of public complaints, a position that made him the nation's pioneer ombudsman. In early 1979, he was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari. He was appointed Nigeria's representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979. While there he was chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid.
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Former Nigeria Permanent Representative to United Nations, Alhaji Maitama Sule died in a Cairo Hospital at the age of 89 years. In 1976, he became the Federal Commissioner of public complaints, a position that made him the nation's pioneer ombudsman. In early 1979, he was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari. He was appointed Nigeria's representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979. While there he was chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid. 03282/3/7/17/Jones Bamidele/NAN

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday expressed “profound sorrow” about the news of the death of elder statesman, Maitama Sule.

Mr. Sule, a two-time minister and traditional title holder in Kano, died in Cairo, Egypt on Monday morning. He was 88.

His remains will be flown back to Nigeria on Tuesday, family sources told PREMIUM TIMES earlier.

While describing him as a national asset, Mr. Osinbajo said Nigerians home and away will miss the immense contribution of Mr. Sule for the forseeable future.

“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,” Mr. Osinbajo said in a statement signed by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.

The acting president urged Mr. 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.

“Alhaji Sule never relented applying his wealth of experience to advance the cause of unity, peace and progress of Nigeria, and his fatherly counsel to those in authority had always been bold, sincere and untainted,” the statement said.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, described Mr. Sule as “a colossus”.

“Undoubtedly, he was an icon of peace, transparency, a born orator, patriot and a distinguish statesman who gave his all for the unity and prosperity of Nigeria as one indivisible nation,” the speaker said in a statement signed by his media aide, Turaki Hassan.

“His death, is a monumental and huge loss to Nigeria and indeed the African continent in view of his contributions to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.”

“Unfortunately, Maitama Sule died at a time when his elderly wisdom, experience, and deep sense of patriotism is much needed in our country given the fact that we are passing through a challenging phase in our history as a nation.”

“Our special and heartfelt condolences go to his immediate family, the people and government of Kano State even as we join all Nigerians and people of goodwill in mourning this monumental loss,” Mr. Dogara said.

Born in 1929 in the old city of Kano, Mr. Sule was famous for his oration and flamboyance.

In the 1979 transition to civil rule, Mr. Sule vied for the presidential ticket of the National Party of Nigeria, NPN, losing to his opponent, Shehu Shagari, in a controversial re-run.

Mr. Sule was appointed ambassador by then President Shagari and posted to the United Nations.

While at the UN, he chaired the United Nations Standing Committee Against Apartheid then ravaging South Africa.


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  • George

    I have been waiting for this kind of pictures where one can see their wicked old wizard face of the Homo-serpent.

    Seeing their faces you will know what they represented. Hell fire direct Devil take over.

    • FineBoy

      Hell gate keeper, you can remain there alone

    • Fadama

      Your comment is inappropriate and irresponsible.

    • Kabiru Bala Indabo

      If your dad dies and someone comments like yours on the departed soul of your dad how could you feel please?.

      • Adelowo SS

        Do not mind him jare may be he has no any dad or a son of ashao.

        • Dr. Musa Mati

          No he has no father he is a product of baby factory.

    • Dan Arewa

      This is exactly what you did to us when your people IGBO people killed Tafawa Belawa and Sardauna of Sokoto they took their pictures and showed it to Hausa/Fulani boasting about killing our leaders and celebrating all over Igbo land, next thing you know 2mln igbos dead, a word is enough for the wise, be careful what you say it may come back and hunt you down.

    • suleiman

      George, shame on you if this is what you think about this great patriot. You know nothing about this man and yet you disparage him this way? You should be ashame of yourself.

      • Alhaji

        What did he do for Nigeria to make him a great man? Since 1960, no water, no electricity, no good roads, hospitals, illiteracy is 95% in the north, corruption was invented in the north and radiated into the whole of Nigeria. Are all these qualities made him a great man? I am sure if Babangida dies today, you will call him a great man because he is from the north

  • suleiman

    A great patriot and one of the most respected elder statesman of our time. He represented what one would call excellence and a symbol of leadership unparalleled in our generation. No question, Nigeria has lost a rare gem! May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.