11 Things to know about Elder statesman Maitama Sule
Foremost northern leader and ex-Nigerian minister, Alhaji Maitama Sule who died this morning in a Cairo Hospital in Egypt have some interesting details about him. Here are 11 of them:
1. He is from the ancient city of Kano and has the title ‘Dan Masanin Kano.’
2. He became a member of parliament at 24 and a minister at the age of 29.
3. His favourite drink is the popular Kunu drink.
4. Apart from Hausa and English, he was also fluent in Arabic and Fulfude.
5. His role models were; Late Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Late Mallam Aminu Kano.
6. He served as the federal commissioner of public complaints in 1976 under the military government of Olusegun Obasanjo, a position which gave him the nickname ‘anti-corruption minister’.
7. In 1983, he returned back to the country and was made the minister for national guidance, again, another portfolio designed to tackle corruption within government circles.
8. In 1979, he contested for The Presidency under the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who went on to win the main elections.
9. He was appointed Nigeria’s representative to the United Nations, where he later emerged as chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid in 1979.
10. His closest friends were late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, Late Alhaji Aminu Dantata, and the late Tijani Hashim, the Galadima of Kano.
11. He died at the ripe age of 87