Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said that the country will “miss the wise counsel” of Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Sule.
In a condolence message issued through his spokesman, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, the governor prayed Allah to grant peaceful repose to the soul of this titan, who reached out to young and old alike, who earned and retained the respect of many and was blessed to live to a ripe old age.
He described the late Ambassador as a statesman, who was an orator that was among the generation that laid the foundations of modern Nigeria. “As a young minister in the First Republic, and in other roles in public life, Ambassador Maitama Sule served the people of this country with panache and refreshing optimism.”
The governor said that it was a privilege to have known the elder-statesman, and to have benefitted from his prayers and counsel.
“We thank Allah for their lives and service. We pray for Allah’s mercy on the departed and guidance for those of us that remain, as we seek to do our duty to our people and our country,” the governor prayed.
Maitama Sule died at the early hours of Monday in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, at 87.