Elder Statesman Maitama Sule laid to rest in Kano

Acheme Jack, Kano

The remains of late elder statesman and former permanent representative to the United Nations, Yusufu Maitama Sule has been laid to rest in the ancient city of Kano, according to Islamic rites.

The body was committed to mother earth by 6:59 pm local time on Tuesday at the family burial ground in Kofar Mazugal, Fagge local government Area.

The prayer session, which was witnessed by an unprecedented crowd was carried out by the Emir of Kano Mohammed Sanusi II at the Kofar Kudu axis of the Emir’s palace.

The former oil minister’s body arrived Kano air force base at exactly 3.30 Pm local time aboard a Nigeria Airforce plane with registration number, NAF913 and was received by the state governor, Dr. Umar Ganduje.

The body of the former ambassador and politician was subsequently driven to his home at Dawaki road in Nassarawa GRA for final respects by the family before being driven to the Emir’s Palace for the prayer.

Chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari led the federal government delegation to the burial, which was attended by many dignitaries, including the Senate President,Dr. Bukola Saraki.

Late Maitama Sule, aged 88, who was flown out of the country on Saturday, died in the early hours of Monday morning in a hospital in Cario, Egypt, after a brief illness.

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