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President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a personal letter of condolence to the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in which he expressed profound shock over the death of elder statesman, Alhaji (Dr) Yusuf Maitama Sule.

The letter, personally signed by the President, also described the death of Alhaji Sule as a “heavy loss.”

It will be delivered by the federal government delegation to the burial as constituted by the Acting President.

The President’s letter reads thus:

“I have heard this morning, the death of the venerable Alhaji Maitama Sule, Dan Masanin Kano, and one of Nigeria’s famous sons. Although I knew he was in poor health for some time, his death nonetheless, came as a profound shock.

“As a Minister in the First Republic, he was one of those who assisted our Founding Fathers, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello and Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, to fashion Nigeria politically and lay the grounds of national co-existence.

“Maitama Sule was blessed by God with a wonderful voice and outstanding eloquence. He served with distinction in the First Republic, the Second Military regime, as well as the Second Republic, without him being tainted with the remotest hint of scandal.

“As a person, I found him personable with unceasing good humour. Nothing personified his faith more than the fact that on losing his sight, he did not retreat in himself sulking on account of his ill-fortune. Quite to the contrary, he honoured virtually all invitations extended to him and spoke as usual with singular eloquence and unparalleled wit.

“In my discussions with him, I greatly valued his counsel, and I never ceased to be amazed by his concern for the well-being of his country rather than his personal interests.

“Let me extend my sincere condolences to Your Excellency, family and friends, the Government and people of Kano, and Nigerians as a whole, for this heaviest loss. We shall not soon see the like of him. May God forgive his sins and admit him to Paradise, Amin.”


  1. Kaduna State does not have a security vote other than the
    one disclosed, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said in response
    to the House of Representatives.

    Mr. El-Rufai also said it is hard to come to grips with the reality of the Nigerian parliament’s disregard for transparency.
    He insisted that the lawmakers should open the details
    of their budget to the public.

    “It is inconceivable that an important institution, vested by the constitution with representation, lawmaking and oversight powers, has for at least seven years ignored the imperative to set an example of transparency, despite being severally (sic) urged to do so,” Mr.
    El-Rufai said on Thursday, barely 48 hours after he was tackled by the House of Representatives.

    Since last week, Mr. El-Rufai and the federal legislature
    have been sparring, after the governor said the National Assembly, “especially the Senate”, was viewed as being opposed to the Buhari
    administration’s fight against corruption.

    To change that narrative and convince Nigerians on its commitment
    to the anti-graft war, Mr. El-Rufai challenged the National Assembly to disclose details of its budget which have not been known to the
    public for seven years.

    Then, in counter challenge, Speaker Yakubu Dogara tasked the Kaduna Governor on disclosure of his
    security vote and utilisation of statutory funds meant for local government areas.

    In his reaction, Mr. El-Rufai released details of his state’s security budget and basic salary slip on Monday, but there was silence on what happens to the funds the local governments jointly manage with the state government.

    Barely 24 hours afterwards, Mr. Dogara too published his basic salary slip but
    refused to accept the #OpenNass challenge. He
    went ahead to accuse Mr. El-Rufai of deliberate mischief
    and propaganda, and effort to undermine the legislature, while also pointing that the Governor
    disclosed Kaduna security budget, instead of his own security vote.

    But in the latest turn Thursday evening,
    Mr. El-Ruai said Kaduna State does not have separate allocation for Governor’s security vote, apart from the
    state’s security budget published on Monday.

    “What was presented represents the only security vote for the entire government.,” said the
    governor, through his spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan. “As the figures show, there is no security vote for the Governor of Kaduna State. This may be a shock to those used to the notion of security votes as barely disguised slush funds, but we do not operate such a system in Kaduna.

    “Our budgets specify what is voted as assistance to security
    agencies, and its expenditure is properly recorded and accounted for.
    These are not monies given to or spent by the governor.”

    The governor also said he does not tamper with Kaduna local governments’ funds, but rather the state government assists the councils financially.

    Then, he blasted the federal legislature for how it secretly handles it budget.

    “Our security spending does not operate like the NASS system of sharing public funds
    in such an opaque fashion that even NASS members do not know how their entire
    budget is broken down or what the leadership gets as its ‘running costs’.

    He expressed doubt over the amount the Speaker disclosed as his monthly pay, a little over N400 thousand, taking similar position as suspended lawmaker,
    Abdulmumin Jibrin.

    Further restating the call that National Assembly
    disclose details of its budget, the governor said: “Despite the rush to personal attacks on a matter of public policy, we cannot allow the enthronement of the republic of distraction. It is important that everyone who is interested in protecting and advancing democratic discourse should stay focused on the issue.

    “It is strange that persons entrusted with high office will justify their abdication of the responsibility to
    be transparent in such cavalier fashion. We don’t believe that most of our
    esteemed legislators will construe a demand for transparency as aimed at undermining the National Assembly.

    “However, notwithstanding the intemperate response of the spokesman of the House of Representatives, the demand that the NASS budget be made public will not go away. It is not personal, and there is a strong civic constituency that is demanding it.

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