There have been rumours that the elder statesman is dead.
A group, Project Nigeria, has denied a rumour making the round that its co-chairman and elder statesman, Maitama Sule, is dead.
The group disclosed this in a statement jointly signed its National Secretary, Olawale Okunniyi, and the President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Shettima Yerima.
Mr. Yerima is an aide to Mr. Sule, a former minister in the First and Second Republic.
“In view of the rumour flying around the country and the barrage of inquiries to our national secretariat by media operatives, political associates, admirers, supporters and Nigerians in general following some unconfirmed reports in the Nigeria media that elder statesman, Alhaji Dr Maitama Sule is dead, Project Nigeria wishes to formally refute the rumour that Alhaji Maitama Sule, co chair of Project Nigeria is dead,” the statement said.
“For the avoidance of doubt, members of the secretariat team of Project Nigeria did converse with the elder statesman yesterday and today again and he said he is not just alive but hale and hearty and in very sound health.
“Furthermore, as we issue this statement now Alhaji Maitama Sule is speaking at a lecture at the Bayero University, Kano, Kano state to prove that he is in good shape,” it added.
The group, however, thanked Nigerians who showed concern for the wellbeing of Mr. Sule and “assure them that Alhaji Maitama Sule will still be here to contribute his quota to the ongoing effort of Project Nigeria (National Consensus Group) to restructure Nigeria and make it a stable and prosperous polity for all.”
It also advised those who may have other motives for peddling the rumour to desist forthwith from doing so, just as it called on the security apparatus to be alert and vigilant towards the personal security of the elder statesman.