Niger governor mourns Nigeria’s former UN envoy, Maitama Sule
By Ummi Ismaeel,
The Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has described the late Alhaji Maitama Sule, Danmasani Kano, as a nationalist to the core, whose consistent comments against acts that tend to undermine the unity, peace and oneness of Nigeria remained unequalled.
In statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Baba Ndace, the governor attributed the notable technocrat, who spent his productive years promoting unity among Nigeria’s diverse ethnic and religious divide and its respective distinct tradition and culture thus:
“The death of Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule is a huge loss to Kano Emirate Council, the government and people of Kano State and indeed Nigeria as a whole”.
Bello also described the deceased as a highly detribalised Nigerian who, in various capacities, fought for the unity, peace and progress of the country since independence.
"The people and government of Niger State received the news with great shock and we send our deepest sympathy to our brothers and sisters in Kano and the country at large. Indeed, we are greatly pained by the demise of this national icon, a man of high political pedigree, and a global orator in national and international socioeconomic issues".
The governor stated that the void left behind by the demise of the Octogenarian would be difficult to fill, “but we have to take solace in the fact that his was a fulfilling and almost unblemished life in the service to the Creator and humanity.”
Bello prayed Allah to grant the soul of the deceased eternal peace, make Aljanna Firdausi his final abode and grant his family as well as the government and people of Kano state the fortitude to bear the loss.
Late Maitama Sule, foremost northern leader and ex-Nigerian minister, was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari.
He was also the former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a former Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Nations.
He died early Monday morning a Cairo Hospital, Egypt after battling an undisclosed ailment at the age of 88.