The Kano State Government has issued an official statement on the death of First Republic Minister, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule said to have died in Egypt in the early hours of Monday.
The government in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, said the elder statesman died in Cairo, Egypt’s capital where he was being treated for an undisclosed illness.
It said he will be buried in Kano on Tuesday at 4pm.
“The death has occurred today of Alhaji (Dr.) Yusuf Maitama Sule, Dan Masanin Kano.
“Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule died at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt where he was receiving treatment for an illness.
“Funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted tomorrow Tuesday at the Emir’s Palace, Kofar Kudu, by 4:00pm.
“Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has declared tomorrow Tuesday a work – free day in the state to mourn the death of the elder statesman.
May Allah grant his soul eternal peace and mercy. Amin,” the statement said in details.
The DEFENDER had earlier on Monday broken the news of the former minister’s death but needed official statement from authorities in Kano to authenticate its report.
The state government promptly reacted by issuing a statement, copy of which was equally sent to The DEFENDER.