Maitama Sule Served Nigeria With Great Optimism - El-Rufai

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The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, described the death of Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule as huge loss to the Emirate Council, people and government of Kano state and indeed the nation as a whole.

Sule, died in the early hours of Monday while on admission at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt.

The Commissioner announced that the Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has declared Tuesday a work-free day in the state to mourn the death of the elder statesman.

He was also appointed Nigeria's envoy to the United Nations and became the Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid.

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He prayed the Almighty God to give the deceased eternal rest and his family, the strength to bear the loss.

Foremost northern leader and ex-Nigerian minister, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari, Former minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and an Ambassador to the UN.

He was said to have died in an hospital while undergoing treatment.

He chose to contest for the presidency in 1979 under the National party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari.

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The Acting President observed that Alhaji Sule, a great Nigerian leader and committed nationalist, positioned himself as an agent of unity.

The deceased was widely acclaimed for his oratory prowess which endeared him to many Nigerians and politicians across board.

According to him, his dad's remains would be flown to Nigeria tomorrow for a befitting burial, according to Muslim rites.

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