Late Yusuf Maitama Sule was instrumental in preventing the death of former President Olusegun Obasanjo during the regime of late General Sani Abacha.
This revelation came to light through a statement issued by former Minister of Communication, Major-General Tajudeen Olarewaju who said the combined efforts of himself, the late former minister and former National Security Adviser (NSA) Alhaji Ismaila Gwarzo was responsible for the former civilian president’s death sentence being commuted by the dictatorial Head of State.
According to the statement, “A Nigerian delegation led by the late Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Sule comprising myself and former NSA Gwarzo had gone on a diplomatic mission in Switzerland to meet with American delegation comprising Ambassador McHenry, then Assistant Secretary of State for Security Susan Rice and Assistant Secretary of State for Africa George Moose sent by then United States’ President Bill Clinton.
“The Maitama Sule-led Nigerian team demanded the release of the trio of General Olusegun Obasanjo, General Shehu Yar’Adua and Alhaji MKO Abiola.”
Olarewaju also praised Maitama Sule’s memory as “evergreen in Nigeria and the global community”.
The Kano native died in Cairo, Egypt on Monday, July 3, 2017, after he was rushed to a hospital.
The Kano state government declared Tuesday, July 4, 2017, as a public holiday for mourning in the state.
The former Minister for National Guidance, who served in 1983, was buried at Kara Cemetery at Kofar Mazugal in Kano metropolis on Tuesday with State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje; his Deputy, Hafiz Abubakar; Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II; Senate President Bukola Saraki; Minister of Interior, Abdurrahman Danbazau; and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi in attendance.
On Thursday, July 6, 2017, Kano state government approved the renaming of Northwest University Kano to Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano in his honour.