BREAKING! Nigerian Elder Statesman, Maitama Sule Is Dead
First Republic Minister and elder statesman, Ambassador Maitama Sule is dead. A family source told TVC that he died in a Cairo Hospital, Egypt this morning.
Family sources have also disclosed that the remains of the 88 year told would be flown to Kano around 2 pm on Tuesday, while the funeral prayer would take place at 4 pm at Emir’s Palace, Kano on the same day.
Maitama Sule who hailed from Kano State was a politician, acclaimed orator and diplomat. In 1976, he became the Federal Commissioner of public complaints, a position that made him the nation’s pioneer ombudsman.
In early 1979, he was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari. He was appointed Nigeria’s representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979. While there he was chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid.
After the re-election of President Shagari in 1983, Maitama Sule was made the Minister for National Guidance, a portfolio designed to assist the president in tackling corruption.
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