How Maitama Sule submitted himself for arrest after 1983 coup – Abdulsalami

Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar on Sunday narrated how late Maitama Sule submitted himself for arrest after the 1983 coup d’etat where many top politicians were detained.

Abubakar made the revelation when he paid a condolence visit to the government of Kano State and family of Danmasanin Kano.

He said, “As Brigade Commander of the 33 Motoriized Brigade, Bukavu Barracks, Kano, many politicians were arrested that period and all of a sudden, I saw Danmasani in my office with his briefcase, and I asked him what happened? and he declared that “I’ve turned myself in to be arrested like other politicians.”


“I asked him why?, and he said to me, ‘you people are arresting many people and you shunned me, and I don’t know why.’ I just laughed it off.

Maitama Sule believed that the tragedy of every person is his personal tragedy; that made him a leader, a pillar that stood for the less privileged ones and every other person in needs.”

He described his death as a national tragedy, stating that the world has lost a true compatriot.

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