Osinbajo, Dogara mourn Maitama Sule

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A resident, Alhaji Balarabe Abdullahi, said Kano has indeed entered a pathetic situation for losing an elder statesman like Maitama-Sule.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara also sent his condolences to the immediate family and the People of Kano, describing Sule's death as a monumental loss.

He also said the deceased, also known by his traditional title as "Danmasanin Kano" was a patriot who espoused the God-given strengths and positive attributes of all the constituent ethnicities in the country.

He said that as former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the late Sule chaired the important United Nations Standing Committee Against Apartheid then ravaging South Africa.

He said the declaration of the work-free day was to enable residents attend the funeral prayer for the late elder statesman which is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, July 4. "We pray that Allah grants his soul eternal rest". Sule's sojourn into Nigerian Politics began in 1976 after he became the Federal Commissioner of public complaints.

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According to him, his dad's remains would be flown to Nigeria tomorrow for a befitting burial, according to Muslim rites.

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.

The Acting President observed that Alhaji Sule, a great Nigerian leader and committed nationalist, positioned himself as an agent of unity.

In a statement, issued and signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Mallam Mohammed Garba, who confirmed the death to newsmen in Kano, disclosed that he died in Cairo during a protracted illness.