Former minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ambassador Maitama Sule is dead. He died in a Cairo Hospital, Egypt on morning according to a close family source. The elder statesman’s death was confirmed in a terse statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information in Kano State, Mallam Mohammed Garba. According to Garba, Sule’s body on arrival from Cairo would lie in state for some hours at the Emir’s palace, Mallam Mohammadu Sanusi 11, to enable prominent Nigerians to mourn him before he would be laid to rest. The late Danmasanin Kano’s funeral prayer will be conducted Tuesday at the Emir’s Palace, Kofar Kudu, by 4:00pm Against this backdrop, the state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has declared Tuesday a work – free day in the state to mourn the late elder statesman.