Nigerians all over the country mourn the passing away of a nationalist and a statesman, Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji Maitama Sule, aat this period when the nation is polarized over different issues that has led to different agitations. Even at his age he was an advocate for a good leadership and a peaceful Nigeria.
Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule who died last night in Cairo, Egypt was until his death a quintessential Nigerian politician, an acclaimed orator and diplomat.
He was born in 1929 at Ungwar Yola, present day Kano municipal . He was enrolled into primary school in 1937, and on completion began his secondary education in Kaduna in 1943.
The elder statesman joined politics in 1954 where he was elected into the House of Representative as the youngest MP.
Late Sule held various position in the public life and was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari in 1979. He was subsequently appointed Nigeria’s representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979.
The late politician became the Federal Commissioner of public complaints, a position that made him the nation’s pioneer ombudsman. . While there he was chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid.
Late Maitama Sule’s contributions to Kano earned him the recognition by Kano emirate council and was made the Dan Masani Kano by late emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.
He was survived by a wife and nine children.