Obit: Maitama Sule, one of rarest of Nigerian politicians, dead at 89 – Tola Adenle

July 7, 2017


I have no house in Abuja, none in Lagos, none in Kaduna – Maitama Sule, Erudite & Nationalist Nigerian, in a SUN interview. 

How many Nigerians who held posts below his landmark achievements can say that! TOLA.


I had never written anything on Alhaji Maitama Sule, a man who was rare among Nigerian politicians (a Minister of Mines & Power during the First Republic), and even rarer, as a Northern Nigerian ( erudite and outspoken) saw and believed in the advantage of education. He was a nationalist, a diplomat (a one-time Nigeria’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations).

That deep intellect that was not the result of fancy top education and beautiful voice as he spoke Nigeria’s lingua franca – English – went forever silent on Sunday, July 2.

Though I never wrote anything about him throughout my fairly long years in journalism and beyond, I was lucky to have come across an interview in a Nigerian newspaper some years ago – link below. It captures the essence of the man.

May his fiery, nationalist soul find rest with Allah.




FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017. 10:30 a.m. [GMT]



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5 Comments on “Obit: Maitama Sule, one of rarest of Nigerian politicians, dead at 89 – Tola Adenle”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    I am only reading about Alhaji Maitama Sule this week after he passed away. He seems like an upright citizen, may his soul rest in peace.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fola,

      Thanks v much for this. A really interesting firebrand pol., and very upright. Nigeria lost another chance – after Awo – of getting a very good leader when he missed being chosen (NPN’s reactionary rank & file) by his party as flag bearer on return to civil rule for the ’79 elections.


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  2. mr.johnsons.snapshots Says:

    thanks for this – sounds/seems like one very interesting man; especially for a “politician” – may he forever rest in peace



  3. Adenle Samson Adekunle Says:




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