- The body of late Dr Maitama Sule, the Dan masanin Kano has been laid to rest
- Before he passed away, he spoke about the agitation for Biafra by the Indigenous People of Biafra
- According to him, south-east would never achieve Biafra as Nigeria's amalgamation was divinely inspired
The corpse of Alhaji Maitama Sule, Nigeria's first petroleum minister, arrived from Cairo, Egypt for burial in Kano state where he was laid to rest.
The Chief Imam of Kano, Prof. Sani Zaharaddeen, conducted the prayer 6:08pm, with Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and his Deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar and the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II in attendance.
Many Nigerians currently mourning the first petroleum minister have summarized his life and times to show that he was upright and straight-forward hitting issues without sentiments.
Many of such mourners, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, noted that Alhaji Sule died when his experience and integrity was needed most especially as the unity of Nigeria continues to shake.
But before his demise, Sule had spoken about the agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying that south-east would never achieve Biafra.
Asked about the agitation for Biafra, Sule, who died in Cairo, Egypt on Monday, July 3 at 88 years, said the amalgamation of Nigeria was divinely inspired and that God wants the country to lead Africa.
He said: “Although those agitating for Biafra are still making efforts, they will not succeed by the grace of God. There are people who did not know what happened during the civil war.
“The story of the civil war, the Biafra war, is presented in different ways by different people. But the truth is yet to be known. For example, no one in Lagos; no one of us in Lagos knows about the night of the coup and the day after; no one knows it more than I do.
“I have been asked several times to write about what I saw on that night, but I have told people that I will not. Were I to write and tell the nation what I know, what I saw, what I heard before, during and after the coup, I will open fresh wounds. I will not do that."
The late Maitama Sule also said a lot about his dreams for Nigeria before his death. This video shared by Bashir Ahmad the personal assistant to President Buhari on new media shows some of the things he said:
Meanwhile, when speaking of the north and Nigeria's unity, Maitama Sule said:
“In any event, those in the north are not afraid, but they don’t want it. I don’t want this country to disintegrate because we in the North cannot stand on our own. I know what we have in the country and I know what we have in the North."
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