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Kano-born Pan African leader Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Dan Masanin Kano.

A life of service to God & humanity: Kano-born Pan African leader Yusuf Maitama Sule goes home @ 88

 

(TRADE NEWSWIRE): Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Dan Masanin Kano, who was born on October 1929 and died on 3rd of July 2017, was a politician, acclaimed orator and diplomat of note in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general, who lived a life of service to God and humanity, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.

In 1976, he became the Federal Commissioner of public complaints, a position that made him the nation’s pioneer ombudsman.

In early 1979, he was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari. He was appointed Nigeria’s representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979.

Youthful picture of Kano-born Pan African leader Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Dan Masanin Kano

President Muhammadu Buhari (middle), Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy Maj. Gen. MT Ibrahim and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence Aliyu Ismaila before the commencement of the NDA convocation in Kaduna on 12th Sept 2015

While there he was chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid.

After the re-election of President Shagari in 1983, Maitama Sule was made the Minister for National Guidance, a portfolio designed to assist the president in tackling corruption.

Kano-born Pan African leader Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Dan Masanin Kano at a younger age

Public Complaints Commission

The rise of economic nationalism during the 1970s led to the enactment of a decree stipulating minimum requirements for local content in many companies doing business in Nigeria.

To capitalize on the benefits of indigenous control of the economy, many permanent secretaries, federal commissioners, state governors and their cronies established firms to conduct business with the government.

It was with the intent of patching the revolving door and to stem small-time corruption that the Public Complaints Commission was created in 1975.

Kano-born Pan African leader Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Dan Masanin Kano at a younger age

It was meant to hear and tackle complaints fielded by the common man in a simple and efficient manner.

Maitama Sule, as head of the commission was known to have taken his job seriously, partly because he was a potent political commodity and had a lot to gain from the good will of the people when a transition to civilian rule was in place.

As a result of the commission’s effort, corruption during the period was temporarily curtailed.

From R-L: Kano-born Pan African leader Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Dan Masanin Kano and HRH The Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi on board a private jet to Namey in Niger Republic with the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR,

National guidance

In 1983, he returned to a familiar role, this time under a democratic government as the head of a ministry to tackle corruption.

The new but short-lived ministry was created solely to invest time in an ethical re-orientation of Nigerians. Maitama, who had acquired a solid reputation as a tough U.N representative, when he was chairman of a U.N. special committee on apartheid was asked to lead the ministry.

However, his appointment was not satisfactory to critics. Shagari’s administration was removed by a coup, with the coupists citing corruption as a major reason for the incursion.

Kano-born Pan African leader Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Dan Masanin Kano being interviewed by a journalist

Polemical statement

Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule was quoted to have said

“Everyone has a gift from God. The Northerners are endowed by God with leadership qualities. The Yoruba man knows how to earn a living and has diplomatic qualities. The igbo man is gifted in trade, commerce, and technological innovation. God so created us equally with purpose and different gifts.”

The statement has been used by some to stir up fears of northern political domination in the country. The fear of northern dominance can however not be dismissed.

Remains of the Kano-born Pan African leader Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Dan Masanin being conveyed from aircraft upon arrival.

Crowd at the funeral of Kano-born Pan African leader Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Dan Masanin

Funeral proceedings of Kano-born Pan African leader Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Dan Masanin

Funeral of Kano-born Pan African leader Yusuf Maitama Sule, the Dan Masanin

 

Death

Sule died on July 3, 2017 in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, after suffering from pneumonia and chest infection,Wikipedia.

May Allah Forgive Yusuf Maitama Sule

NIGERIA SHALL BE GREAT

 

Sulaiman Adenekan

A Strategist/ Publisher

TRADE NEWSWIRE (www.tradenewswire.net)

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