Elder statesman, Alhaji Maitama Sule, is dead.
Sule died on Monday in Cairo, Egypt.
The son of the deceased, Alhaji Mukhtar Maitama Sule, was quoted as saying the elder statesman died barely 24 hours after he arrived the hospital in Cairo.
The name of the hospital was however not given.
The son further disclosed that the remains of the deceased would be brought to Nigeria Tuesday for burial according to Islamic rites.
Yusuf Maitama Sule was a prominent Nigerian politician, acclaimed orator and diplomat.
In 1976, he became the Federal Commissioner of Public Complaints, a position that made him the nation’s pioneer ombudsman.
In early 1979, he was a presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari.
He was appointed Nigeria’s representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979.
While there he was chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid.
After, the re-election of President Shagari in 1983, Maitama Sule was made the Minister for National Guidance, a portfolio designed to assist the president in tackling corruption.