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Nigeria’s  former permanent representative to the United Nations in the Second Republic, Yusuf Maitama Sule, 87, Dan Masinin Kano, is dead.


He died in Cairo, Egypt, yesterday. He was a politician, orator and diplomat.

One of his sons, Alhaji Mukhtar Sule, confirmed his father died in the early hours of yesterday, in hospital in Egypt.

Mukhtar said his father left behind a wife and four children.

Sources said Sule, reputed for his gift of oratory and flawless use of language, was flown to Egypt, few days ago, after his condition deteriorated, where he  eventually died.  

A statement by Kano’s Commissioner of Information, Youth and Culture, Mallam Mohammed Garba, said funeral prayers for the elder statesman would be conducted today, at the Emir’s Palace, Kofar-Kudu, by 4:00pm.

Grab said Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has already declared today work-free day, “to mourn Sule and prayed Allah to grant his soul eternal peace”