|Dr. Yusulf Maitama Sule
One-time Nigerian Ambassador to United States, two-time minister and former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Yusuf Maitama Sule, is dead at the age of 88.
The elder statesman, regarded as one of the greatest orators ever produced by Nigeria, died on Monday morning in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt.
A statement signed by the head of the family, Alhaji Sani Adamu said late Maitama was flown to Cairo two days ago.
He said the remains of the former Ambassador would be brought to Kano either today or tomorrow.
Mr. Sule, was also known by his traditional title, Danmasanin Kano
He was flown to the Egyptian hospital on Saturday after doctors at Kano’s Nasarawa Hospital diagnosed him of pneumonia and chest infection.
MEDIA PARROT was realiably informed that Mr. Sule’s remains would be flown to the country on Tuesday and the funeral prayers would take place at Kano Emir’s Palace by 4 p.m.
In 1976, his former student, Murtala Mohammed, appointed him to head a newly established ombudsman body, Public Complaints Commission.
Born in 1929 in the old city of Kano, Mr. Sule was famous for his oratory and flamboyance.
In the 1979 transition to civil rule, Mr. Sule vied for the presidential ticket of the National Party of Nigeria, NPN, losing to his opponent, Shehu Shagari, in a controversial re-run.
In what was seen as a move to take the flamboyant politican out of the political cycle, Mr. Sule was appointed ambassador by then President Shagari and posted to the United Nations.
While at the UN, he chaired the United Nations Standing Committee Against Apartheid then ravaging South Africa.
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