The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Abba Kyari, has been named by Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to head the Federal Government’s delegation to the funeral of late nationalist, Alhaji Maitama Sule.
The decision is contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande via his twitter handle on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to Akande in the post, other members of the delegation, include the Minister of Interior, retired Abdulrahaman Danbazau; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu.
Akande also revealed that the Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris and some government functionaries form part of the delegation, adding that the team would submit President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter of condolence to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.
The President’s letter reads thus: “I have heard this morning, the death of the venerable Alhaji 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, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello and Alhaji 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.’’
The deceased statesman, aged 87, who died in the early hours of Monday in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, will be buried in Kano today at 4:00 pm.
Kano state government declared Tuesday as work-free day in honour of the late statesman.