Yusuf Maitama Sule was born on 1st October 1929 at Ungwar Yola in present day Kano city. He started formal education at the primary school level by enrolling at Shahuci Elementary School in 1937. And on completion he proceeded to the Kano Middle School and Kaduna College which is now called Barewa College in 1943.
He was a politician, an acclaimed orator, diplomat elder-statesman and the Dan masanin Kano.
In 1955-1956 he was the chief whip of the Federal House of Representatives and led the Nigerian delegation to the Conference of Independent African States in 1960.
In 1976, he became the first Federal Commissioner of public complaints (ombudsman). In early 1979, he was the presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria but lost to Shehu Shagari. He was appointed Nigeria's representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979. While there he was chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid.
Maitama was fondly called the Golden Voice from the North by reason of his oratorical prowess.
In 1983, he returned to as the head of a ministry to tackle corruption under a democratic government.
He had a good reputation as a U.N representative, when he was chairman of a U.N. special committee on apartheid was asked to lead the ministry. However, his appointment was not satisfactory to critics. Shagari's administration was removed by a coup, with the coupists citing corruption as a major reason for the incursion.
Sule died on 2 July 2017 in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, after suffering from pneumonia and a chest infection.
"Everyone has a gift from God. The Northerners are endowed by God with leadership qualities. The Yoruba man knows how to earn a living and has diplomatic qualities. The igbo man is gifted in trade, commerce, and technological innovation. God so created us equally with purpose and different gifts".
"May God give this country leaders not rulers, leaders with the fear of God".