President Buhari Mourns Close Ally Isa Funtua
President Muhammadu Buhari received with deep sadness on Monday evening information on the passing of his longtime friend and associate, Malam Isma’ila Isa Funtua, who was Life Patron of International Press Institute and Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu says The President condoles with family members, government and people of Katsina State, also all associates of the former President of NPAN, especially the media industry, on the loss, describing him as “greatly admired and respected’’.
The statement states that President Buhari believes the demise of the publisher and businessman has created a huge gap as Malam Funtua consistently stood by him in his political journey.
The President prayed to Allah for the repose of Malam Funtua’s soul, and to grant the family strength and fortitude to bear the loss.
The founding managing director of Democrat Newspaper and former President of the NPAN, Mallam Ismaila Funtua death on Monday.
Mallam Funtua aged 78, was a pioneer student of the Federal Training Centre, Kaduna.
Funtua, who was the Minister of Water Resources in the defunct Second Republic, established the Democrat Newspapers during the military era in Nigeria.
Also, he was trained as an administrative officer at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria as well as an administrator at Manchester University in the UK.
The late Funtua worked as the Katsina Native Authority as an Administrative Officer and later served in many ministries in the defunct Northern Region
Equally, the Kastina-born entrepreneur was a Manager of the United Nigerian Textile Company, Kaduna.