President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock over the death of elder statesman, Maitama Sule, and condoled with the family, friends, government and people of Kano state over his demise.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement issued in Abuja.
He said Buhari’s message was contained in a personal letter of condolence he sent to Kano Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, in which he expressed profound shock over the death of elder statesman.
According to Shehu, the letter, personally signed by the President, also described the death of Sule as a “heavy loss,” adding that the letter will be delivered by the federal government’s delegation to the burial of the deceased as constituted by the Acting President.
The President’s letter reads thus: “I have heard this morning, the death of the venerable Maitama Sule, Dan Masanin Kano, and one of Nigeria’s famous sons. Although, i knew he was in poor health for some time, his death nonetheless, came as a profound shock.
"As a Minister in the First Republic, he was one of those who assisted our Founding Fathers, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, to fashion Nigeria politically and lay the grounds of national co-existence.
"Maitama Sule was blessed by God with a wonderful voice and outstanding eloquence. He served with distinction in the First Republic, the Second Military regime, as well as the Second Republic, without him being tainted with the remotest hint of scandal.
"As a person, I found him personable with unceasing good humour. Nothing personified his faith more than the fact that on losing his sight, he did not retreat in himself sulking on account of his ill-fortune.
"Quite to the contrary, he honoured virtually all invitations extended to him and spoke as usual with singular eloquence and unparalleled wit.
"In my discussions with him, i greatly valued his counsel, and i never ceased to be amazed by his concern for the well-being of his country rather than his personal interests.
"Let me extend my sincere condolences to Your Excellency, family and friends, the Government and people of Kano, and Nigerians as a whole, for this most heavy loss. We shall not soon see the like of him.
"May God forgive his sins and admit him to Paradise, Amin.’’
Maitama Sule’s death was announced on Monday in Kano by one of his son, Mukhtar Sule, saying that his father died in the early hours of Monday in a hospital in Cairo.