Saraki wants Sule immortalized, Kano declares public holiday, body arrives Tuesday for burial
The President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, wants the late elder statesman, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule imoortalised even as he described the news of the death as shocking, saying that Nigerian has lost a great nationalist.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described the late Dan Masanin Kano, as a detribalized Nigerian who spoke truth to power at all times during his lifetime.
He called on both the Federal and the Kano State Governments to immortalize the great icon of peace and an advocate of justice and fairness.
To honour the departed statesman, the Kano State government has declared tomorrow, Tuesday, July 4, as public holiday in order to mourn the passing away of the statesman and Danmasanin Kano.
A statement signed by Mohammed Garba, state commissioner for Information, disclosed that Sule died in Cairo during a protracted illness.
The statement said in part: “Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule died at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, where he was receiving treatment for an illness.
“Funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Emir’s Palace, Kofar Kudu, by 4:00pm.
“Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has declared tomorrow Tuesday a work – free day in the state to mourn the death of the elder statesman.”
While commiserating with the immediate family of the deceased, the Emir of Kano, the Government and people of Kano State over the irreparable loss, Saraki noted that it was gratifying that the late Sule being one of those who fought for the nation’s independence, lived long enough to see the achievements of Nigeria as a nation.
Saraki urged Nigerians to toe the path of dialogue in addressing their grievances and eschew ethnic tensions as embodied by the late former minister, saying that, “this is the highest respect we will pay to his legacies”.
“The news of the demise of Alhaji Maitama Sule, came to me with shock. This is one man that has become a permanent feature in the politics of the country, beginning from first republic when he was appointed a minister at his youthful age.
“Through sheer oratory, the name Maitama Sule had become synonymous with wit and wisdom. He never minced words when speaking against ills in society and how to curb them.
“He would remain an inspiration to both present and forthcoming generations on the lessons of tolerance, unity, and peaceful coexistence.
“He left at a time his wise counsel is in dire need to navigate our way out of current challenges confronting the country.
“I pray the Almighty Allah to grant his soul aljannah firdaus and his family the fortitude to bear the loss,” the statement said.