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Osinbajo hails Maitama Sule’s selfless lifestyle

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku were among notable personalities that extolled the virtues of Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Late Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule on Thursday at the unveiling of a book on the late elder statesman.

Others at the unveiling of the book titled: “Genius Orator,” which took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, were Nigeria’s Vice President in the Second Republic, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir and former Governor Chukwuemeka Ezeife of Anambra State.

In his remarks at the event, Osinbajo said Maitama Sule, who held the traditional title of Dan Masani Kano, was an exceptional character who was motivated by patriotism and selflessness.

He said: “This was a man for whom material comforts were never a driving impulse. Public service for him was never about amassing wealth and privilege; instead it was about serving humanity and living true to his beliefs and ideals. Believing in Nigeria was one of those ideals. He was a believer until the very end.”

He said Sule was a gifted orator, who deployed his skills to persuade, to exhort, to inspire, to set direction and create a vision.

Osinbajo commended the author of the book, Prof. Chike F. Okolocha, for documenting Sule’s “life and views in great detail,” noting that there was need for other scholars to write “these important stories before the principal actors and characters pass on.”

Atiku described Sule as “a combination of so many positive attributes: orator, patriot, nationalist, pan-Africanist, humanist, diplomat and educationist.”

He said as a teacher, the deceased was also involved in voluntary teaching, where he taught people in the evenings without pay.

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