Former Military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has revealed how the late Maitama Sule submitted himself for arrest after the 1983 coup.
Abubakar, who was a Brigade Commander of the Army at the time, disclosed this when he paid a condolence visit to the Governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Sunday.
“I was at my office when Dan Masani (the deceased) came with his luggage. He looked at me and said ‘why should you leave me alone when you have arrested all my associates? I want you to arrest me so that you can unite me with my fellow politicians in Lagos’”, Abubakar said.
“So, you see the kind of struggle by people like late Dan Masani in order to unite Nigeria.”
Abubakar lamented that Nigeria has lost one of its heroes.
“We have indeed lost an irreplaceable figure. I call on Nigerians to pray hard for the repose of his soul,” he said.
He also conveyed condolences from another former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, who could not make the trip because of his health condition.
“You know the health condition of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, that is why he has sent his condolence message through me. He condoles with you, the governor, the family of the deceased and the entire people of Kano state,” Abubakar added