Maitama Sule died when Nigeria needed him most – Wabara, others

Some prominent Nigerians on Monday expressed sadness over the demise of former Nigeria’s Permanent Representatives to the United Nations and elder statesman, Alhaji Maitama Sule.

Sule died at the early hours of Monday in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, at 87.

Former President of the Senate, Chief Adolphus Wabara, said Sule was an encyclopaedia of knowledge.

He said that he was a custodian of Nigeria’s customs and tradition and had left a gap that would be rarely filled.

“Alhaji Maitama Sule left Nigeria when we needed him most and he will be greatly missed. I don’t think Nigeria will find someone, who will step into his shoes.

“He was detribalised and we needed him most at this time of all the problems we have in Nigeria, with issues of restructuring…

“But, we thank God for his life; he lived well,’’ he said.

Also, a former Deputy Governor of Plateau, Mrs Pauline Tallen, stated that the late politician’s crave for the continued unity of the country was unmatched.

“My heart is broken because he contributed immensely to the development of the country in his life time. He was a father that we will miss dearly.

“He was an elder statesman that kept preaching the unity of the country and that is what we need in this country now,’’ she said.

Tallen called on Nigerians to pursue peace and unity irrespective of ethnic or religious differences, as the late Sule.

She said, “my plea to all Nigerians is for us to love one another because if we love one another, we will not talk of tribe, religion or ethnic differences.’’

Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, said that the demise of the elder statesman was an irreparable loss not only to Nigeria but to Africa, adding that he was one of the pioneers of modern Nigeria.

Ozekhome said Nigeria would miss his contribution to current discussions on the restructuring of the country.

“He was a highly detribalised Nigerian. You wouldn’t know whether he was Hausa-Fulani or Yoruba. He spoke at all times for Nigeria.

“He was erudite, honest, and was radically patriotic about the oneness and unity of Nigeria.

“We would have needed the reassuring and the very strong voice of Maitama Sule to call to order the call by some people who want Nigeria dismembered without batting an eye.

“This will make the loss of him more painful,’’ he said.

NAN

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