Maitama Sule is dead

  

Ex-Nigeria Permanent Representative to United Nation, UN, Alhaji Maitama Sule is dead.
An associate to the elder statesman and politician, Sani Darma, who disclosed this on Monday said Sule died in Cairo, Egypt last night.


Speaking with Vanguard in Kano, Darma said the the former Minister of Petroleum took ill last weekend and was flown out to Egypt on Saturday where he gave up the ghost.
Yusuf Maitama Sule was born in 1 October 1929 and was a Nigerian 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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