Dr. Frederick Fasehun, Founder and President of the Yoruba socio-cultural organization, the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), who made the call at the weekend, said although the Kano State Government had renamed theNorthwest University as Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, the late politician had a national reputation.
“Maitama Sule was not just a Northerner or Kano man, he was a true Nigerian, a nationalist who not only represented the country in the world’s highest stage, but believed in the country he served,” Fasehun said.
Lamenting the death of Maitama Yusuf, Fasehun said the country had lost a legendary figure, as well as a voice of wisdom and unity.
“Maitama Sule was a great personality, a decent man and a true Nigerian who believed in Project Nigeria. He not only strived tirelessly for the welfare of the Northerner but for the development of his country,” Fasehun said. “The country will miss his wisdom, his diplomacy and his untiring quest for national unity.”
Fasehun described the late Senator as a convincing orator, a colourful politician and an engaging personality.
“As a former Nigerian Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Maitama Sule was a Diplomat par excellence who won unqualified respect in the international circuit,” he said.
The OPC President submitted that Nigeria suffered a huge deficit from the fact that the country never had the privilege of a President Maitama Sule, who had shared the vision of the country’s founding fathers, having been in politics since the First Republic.
“With Maitama Sule as President, the Second Republic would have survived,” he posited. “This was a man designed and prepared to lead; but unfortunately, his incorruptible personality and his sterling performance as the Federal Commissioner of Complaints rattled Second Republic politicians who ensured he never won the presidential ticket of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1979.