Sad news has struck Nigeria with the passing of former senator and minister of commerce, Bello Maitama Yusuf. At the age of 76, Yusuf succumbed to a brief and unspecified illness in Kano State. The nation mourns the loss of this distinguished Islamic scholar and dedicated public servant.
Yusuf’s political career was nothing short of impressive. From 1980 to 1982, he served as the Minister of Interior, showcasing his commitment to Nigeria’s internal affairs. His tenure as Minister of Commerce from 1982 to 1983 displayed his expertise in economic matters. And let’s not forget his time in the Senate, where he represented the Jigawa South-West area from 1999 to 2007. This man knew how to navigate the intricacies of government like nobody else.
But this wasn’t the extent of Yusuf’s achievements. Beyond the world of politics, he was a highly successful entrepreneur. After completing his studies at North Gate University in Washington, he wasted no time in founding Quartz Integrated Services Nigeria Limited, a construction company. With his astute business acumen, he quickly climbed the ranks of the world’s billionaires. Talk about the American Dream, but in Nigeria!
On top of his entrepreneurial pursuits, Yusuf was also a lawyer. Not to mention, he served as the chief registrar at the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kano and even acted as the minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture at one point. This man had a resume longer than the Nile River! It’s no wonder he was respected and admired by his peers.
Former Minister Bello Maitama Yusuf Dies at 76
KANO, Nigeria -Former Nigerian Minister Bello Maitama Yusuf died in the early hours of Friday in Kano at the age of 76.
Yusuf, a former senator from 1999-2007, served as Minister of Interior in 1981 and Minister of Commerce in 1982. pic.twitter.com/cUQYTg85E3
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The news of Yusuf’s passing has drawn condolences from Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, who commended Yusuf’s dedication to Nigeria’s unity and stability. It’s clear that Yusuf had a heart for his country and worked tirelessly for its socio-economic development. We need more politicians like him who put service to the people above all else.
The Jigawa State government also expressed their deep sorrow, honoring Yusuf’s contribution to national unity and democracy. History will remember Yusuf as a man who selflessly served God, nation, and humanity. His legacy will forever be etched in the annals of Nigeria’s political landscape.
In these trying times, as we bid farewell to a great statesman, may we find solace in Yusuf’s indomitable spirit and commitment to Nigeria. Let us honor Senator Yusuf’s memory by continuing to fight for our country’s democracy and standing against any attempts to undermine it. Rest in peace, Bello Maitama Yusuf. Your dedication to the Nigerian people will never be forgotten.