The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has mourned the death of a frontline Nigerian leader and former Minister of Mines and Power, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Sule, who passed on Monday, July 3rd, 88, describing him as a forthright leader with a generous spirit.
The late politician, who was once Nigeria’s Representative at the United Nations, became the country’s Minister of Mines and Power in 1954.
Fayemi said Ambassador Maitama Sule’s death has robbed the country of a true patriot, nationalist and peace maker. He also lauded the pioneering roles played by the late Dan Masanin Kano in the then Mines and Power Ministry, which laid the foundation for the country’s take off as an oil-rich country.
The Minister, who commiserated with the family of the deceased, the people of Kano State in particular and Nigeria in general, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode, described the late Ambassador as a distinguished leader, political thinker, strategist, foremost diplomat, courageous politician and elder statesman who brought a touch of courage and candour to whatever he did.
Dr Fayemi recalled his relationship with the late leader, whom he described as a man who possessed a great depth of wisdom and wit and leader with a huge sense of history. He added that every encounter with the late politician revealed his good nature, his oratorical prowess, as well as his passion for the unity and greatness of Nigeria.
The Minister recalled his last meeting with the late politician in Abuja last week, after he took ill. “Before then we were putting finishing touches to his book launch. Little did I know that that would be our last meeting”
“Ambassador Maitama Sule was a man of distinction, a compassionate and courageous leader, who was moved more by conviction. He was indeed a good man who stood out among his peers. He was the last of the titans,” Fayemi said.
“There is no doubt Ambassador Maitama Sule’s death has robbed Nigeria and indeed the world of a distinguished citizen, patriot and leader. We shall surely miss his wise counsel and generous spirit at this critical stage of our national life.”
The Minister urged the children of the late elder statesman to be consoled by the good name he left behind, adding: “His was a life well spent”.