- Former President Goodluck Jonathan has condoled with the family of late Maitama Sule
- Jonathan said Sule was an accomplished leader
- He also described Sule as a bridge builder who was focused on the development of Nigeria
The former President Goodluck Jonathan has described the life of First Republic Politician late Maitama Sule as a fulfilled one.
Jonathan said Sule was an accomplished leader who served Nigeria and Africa in different capacities.
A statement signed by Jonathan's spokesperson Ikechukwu Eze said Sule was a bridge builder and an advocate of peaceful co-existence for Nigeria's development.
Condoling the family of Sule and the entire people of Kano state, the former president said: “I am deeply saddened by the passage of Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, who died today at the age of 88.
“He was an accomplished leader, diplomat and elder statesman who served Nigeria and Africa in different capacities to the best of his abilities. I remember him as a great leader who worked relentlessly for Nigeria’s development.
“He functioned as a reliable navigator in difficult times both at home and abroad, especially with the commitment he showed towards dismantling the last vestiges of apartheid.
“The canon he preached and lived as a committed patriot was genuine love for our nation which manifested in his sincerity, hard work and deep embrace of people and politicians from all parts of the country.
“He will always be remembered as a bridge builder and advocate of peaceful co-existence. One of his numerous axioms which I continue to recall was the astute admonition he made while giving a convocation lecture in the University of Port Harcourt in 2006, where he counselled that “young breed without the old breed will breed greed."
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NAIJ.com had reported that Sule died at the age of 88, at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt.
Also, the Kano state government on Monday, July 3, declared Tuesday, July 4 as public holiday in the state.
The Kano state commissioner of information Mohammed Garba confirming the death to journalists in Kano said Sule died after a protracted illness.
He also said Sule's body was already arriving from Cairo and would be lied in state for some hours at the Emir's Palace Muhammad Sanusi II.
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