The statement, signed by N. A. Shariff, said: "With a sorrowful heart, we announce the death of Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, Danmasanin Kano this morning".
The National Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Alhaji Maitama Sule is dead.
After, the re-election of President Shagari in 1983, Maitama Sule was made the Minister for National Guidance, a portfolio created to assist the president in tackling corruption, his profile on Wikipedia read. He extends deep and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, associates and the government of Kano State, praying that the Almighty God comforts all.
According to the acting president, the decaesed is best remembered on the global scene, as one of our country's foremost envoys whose clarity of voice and vision contributed significantly to the high esteem.
Sule died at the early hours of Monday in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, at 88.
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She is described by police as an Asian woman, 5 -feet 4-inches tall, 110 lbs., with shoulder length black hair and brown eyes. On Thursday, he took part in a walk with students and university staff to the corner where his daughter was last seen.
The Acting President observed that in his lifetime, the deceased, a great Nigerian leader and committed nationalist, had positioned himself as an agent of unity.
The APC spokesman also recalled the late Sule's exemplary services as two-time minister and pioneer head of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC).
The Acting President, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Government and the people of Nigeria, conveyed heartfelt condolences over the loss of "a great national asset".
The governor prayed Allah to grant peaceful repose to the soul of the titan who according to him, reached out to young and old alike, adding however that he was blessed to live to a ripe old age.