By Adenike Lucas
Former minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yusuf Maitama Sule has died from a heart-related disease at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt.
Alhaji Ashiru Sharif, a close aide to Alhaji Sule, confirmed the news in a press release. He said the Danmasanin Kano died this morning.
His body will be flown to Nigeria tomorrow, Tuesday 4th July, where funeral will be conducted at the Kano Central Jumaat mosque at the Emir’s palace.
Alhaji Sule, known to be an “incorruptible man” was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria in 1976 – an election he lost to Shehu Shagari.
He served as Minister of Mines and Power for seven years. He was also appointed Minister for National Guidance, a portfolio designed to assist the president in tackling corruption.
The 88-year-old elder statesman also served as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Social media users have paid tributes to the former minister.
Oluwatoyin, a Twitter user said: “What I would miss about Maitama Sule is his oratorial prowess and frankness. Nigeria has indeed lost a rare gem RIP #MaitamaSule.”
In his tribute to the late minister, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki urged “Nigerians to toe the path of dialogue in addressing their grievances and eschew ethnic tensions.
He said it “is the highest respect we will pay to his legacies.”