The statement, signed by N. A. Shariff, said: "With a sorrowful heart, we announce the death of Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, Danmasanin Kano this morning". He extends deep and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, associates and the government of Kano State, praying that the Almighty God comforts all.
Mr. Sule was appointed ambassador by then President Shagari and posted to the United Nations.
He said the clarity of his voice and vision contributed significantly to the high esteem and respect Nigeria earned at the UN.
While describing him as a national asset, Mr. Osinbajo said Nigerians home and away will miss the vast contribution of Mr. Sule for the forseeable future.
The Acting President observed that in his lifetime, the deceased, a great Nigerian leader and committed nationalist, had positioned himself as an agent of unity.
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He said words are of no significance in expressing the sorrow over the loss stressing that the deceased's great services to his father land were immeasurable and would forever remain indelible in the history of Nigerian nation. The late politician was Nigeria's first Chief Public Complaints Commissioner (Ombudsman).
He died at the age of 87 at an Egyptian Hospital in Cairo, leaving behind a wife and four children; having raised several other children within and outside his family.
The acting president also said the deceased was as an illustrious son of Nigeria, noting that his death is a loss to the nation.
Osinbajo prayed Allah to bless his memory, grant his family and all Nigerians the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.