- Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, said he was not happy with the demise of Maitama Sule, who would be buried on Tuesday, July 4
- Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said he was however consoled that Sule was an achiever
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has expressed sadness complaining that the number of real elderstatesmen in Nigeria is depleting.
Tinubu said this while reacting to the death of Maitama Sule, Nigeria’s first petroleum minister.
A statement from Tinubu’s media aides on Monday, July 3 quoted the former governor of Lagos state as saying Sule passed on at a time the country needed the counsel of the wise and experienced.
According to him, Sule was a detribalised Nigerian and his death is a loss to both his family and the country.
He however said he was consoled by the fact that the late Sule lived a worthy life and left a positive mark.
“He personified what we should all be: Nigerians who know no tribe, region or religion.
“Danmasanin Kano was a truly detribalised Nigerian and he was always at the vanguard of peace and unity.
”His death has reduced the rank of true nationalists at this time when the nation is in dire need of wise counsel on how to navigate through potential landmines.
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”Danmasanin Kano was a rare statesman and an orator who can move mountains with words.
“I related with him closely and drank from his vast knowledge.
“I will personally miss him. May Almighty Allah grant him Aljanna Fridaus,” he said.
NAIJ.com had reported earlier that 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.
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