He said that the Nigeria Governors Forum and indeed all the governors of the country had always relied on the Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji Maitama Sule as a close confidant, citing the naming of very prominent streets in some parts of the country by many of them as evidence of their affection for the late sage.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mallam Mohammed Garba, who confirmed the death in a statement, said he died in Cairo during a protracted illness.
"Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has declared tomorrow Tuesday a work - free day in the state to mourn the death of the elder statesman", the statement read.
In 1983, Maitama-Sule became the Minister for National Guidance, a position that accorded him more national and global recognition.
Ambassador Maitama Sule was a Nigerian politician, acclaimed orator and diplomat who, in 1976 became the nation's pioneer ombudsman. "Indeed, we are greatly pained by demise of this national icon, a man of high political pedigree, and a global orator in national and worldwide socioeconomic issues".
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Confirming his death, one of his surviving sons, Alhaji Mukhtar Maitama Sule, who confirmed, said he died in Egypt, 24 hours after arrival at the hospital.
He said that as former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the late Sule chaired the important United Nations Standing Committee Against Apartheid then ravaging South Africa.
Osinbajo prayed Allah to bless his memory, grant his family and all Nigerians the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
His corpse is expected to be flown back to Nigeria on Tuesday for burial at the Kano Emir's Palace.
In the 1979 transition to civil rule, Mr. Sule vied for the presidential ticket of the National Party of Nigeria, NPN, losing to his opponent, Shehu Shagari, in a controversial re-run.