Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has described late elder statesman Maitama Sule as one of the greatest citizens of the country, who had contributed to the growth and development of the country before and after independence.
Jonathan made the remark when he paid condolence visit to Kano state government, the family and the people of the state.
He said the late elder statesman loves the country beyond imagination and had always preached unity that will at the end engender meaningful development.
“He is a man that believes in the unity of this country because most of his talks were not centered on ethnicity, religion or regionalism but the entire country. We have lost a great son of Kano,” stressed the former President.
He added that the late oil minister was a great teacher of good morals and humility because each time he spoke, there was always something to learn.
“We have lost a father and a friend who did not think of his pocket while serving the country,” he emphasized.
He thanked the Kano state government for immortalizing the late political and diplomatic icon and urge them to continue to support the family in their needs.
The governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdulahi Ganduje in his speech described the late Maitama Sule as a great man, whose reputation was known beyond the shores of Nigeria and that Africa, had indeed lost a great one.
“He was one of the persons that pursued for the independence of Nigeria and other African countries and was an adviser to almost all the governments in Nigeria, both the military and civilian, because of his wealth of knowledge,” the governor explained.
The late Maitama Sule died in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, last week, after a brief illness and has since been buried according to Islamic rites in the ancient city of Kano, his ancestral home.