Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday mourned the death of former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule.
In a statement signed by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Mr Laolu Akande, the Acting President received the news of Maitama Sule’s death with “profound sorrow.”
According to Osinbajo, Maitama Sule, a Federal Minister in the first republic and the Danmasanin Kano, is best remembered on the global scene as one of the country’s foremost envoys.
Describing Maitama Sule as an illustrious son of Nigeria and his death a loss to the country, Osinbajo noted: “Even as he advanced gracefully in age, he was always prepared to reach out to other leaders of thought across the country in the noble quest for unity, tolerance and national cohesion.
“He did not waver in lending his voice to the promotion of moderation in national discourse, and his graceful conduct thereto would be sorely missed.
“Alhaji Sule never relented applying his wealth of experience to advance the cause of unity, peace and progress of Nigeria.
“His fatherly counsel to those in authority had always been bold, sincere and untainted,’’ the Acting President stated.
He commended the patriotic zeal for untainted service displayed by Maitama Sule and recalled his “unparalleled dedication to duty as a formidable diplomat, politician, Minister and acclaimed orator.”