- Foremost northern leader and ex-Nigerian minister, Alhaji Maitama Sule, died on Monday, July 3
- Alhaji Sule died in a Cairo Hospital in Egypt
- As expected, his funeral drew a large crowd given his popularity in Nigeria
Thousands of sympathisers, including the chief of staff to the president, Malam Abba Kyari, on Tuesday, July 4 attended the funeral prayer for the late Dr Maitama Sule, the Dan masanin Kano.
Kyari led the federal government delegation to the occasion.
The late elder statesman died in the early hours of Monday, July 3 in Cairo, Egypt after a brief illness.
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The Chief Imam of Kano, Professor Sani Zaharaddeen, conducted the prayer at 6:08pm, with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his deputy, Professor Hafiz Abubakar and the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II in attendance.
Other important dignitaries include the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, the minister of interior, Abdurrahman Danbazau and the minister of mines and steel development, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Others were; the minister of water resources, Sulaiman Adamu, the minister of defence, Mansur Dan’ali and accountant-general of the federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris.
Also in attendance were the governors of Jigawa, Bauchi, Sokoto and Borno states among, others.
Members of the Northern Elders Forum, such as Professor Ango Abdullahi, Galadiman Katsina and District Head of Malumfashi, Justice Mamman Nasir also witnessed the funeral.
Busines moguls, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Alhaji Dahiru Mangal and Alhaji Samaila Funtua and prominent Islamic scholars, among others were not left out.
The remains of the late diplomat arrived at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kano in an Air Force plane with registration number NAF 913 at exactly 4.08 p.m.
The late Maitama-Sule (87) was later buried at Kara Cemetery at Kofar Mazugal in Kano metropolis. (NAN)
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