Osinbajo VP urges Nigerians to emulate Maitama Sule

Osinbajo said he would continue to remember Maitama-Sule for his humility and selflessness in spite of his status.

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The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has urged all Nigerians to emulate the virtues of the late Amb. Yusuf Maitama-Sule in the collective effort to build a great country.

Osinbajo made the call on Thursday at a book launch titled: “The Genius Orator’’ in honour of Maitama Sule in Abuja.

The Vice President, who described Sule as “a great man’’ said he was an exceptionally gifted orator, who understood the power of rhetoric and persuasion.

Osinbajo said Sule had good grip of drama and theatre and translated the exasperating twists and turns of the Nigerian socio-political drama into words of rebuke, exhortation, but ultimately of hope.

“And we can see in the testimonials that followed his demise, in the caliber of the friendships and relationships that he built across Nigeria, in the quality of his thinking and writing, in his simplicity and humility,’’ he said.

The Vice President said he would continue to remember Maitama-Sule for his humility and selflessness in spite of his status.

Osinbajo said Nigeria is richly blessed for having the likes of Sule to have lived and served in it, adding that his memory would inspire greater greatness in the country.

According to him, the book, ‘The Genius Orator’, will help ensure that one of our most important libraries is preserved for all time.

He commended the authors of the book for documenting the life and views of Sule in great details, saying that documenting history can never be overemphasized.

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NAN recalled that Maitama-Sule died on July 3, in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 88.

He was a former chief whip of the Federal House of Representatives, a two-time minister and former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

While at the UN, he chaired the United Nations Standing Committee against Apartheid then ravaging South Africa.