President Muhammadu Buhari says he received with deep sadness on Monday evening information on passing of his longtime friend and associate, Malam Isma’ila Isa Funtua.
Funtua, who was Life Patron of International Press Institute and Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), died of cardiac arrest Monday evening.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, the President condoled with family members, government and people of Katsina State, and all associates of the former President of NPAN, especially the media industry, on the loss.
He described him as “greatly admired and respected.’’
“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 statement said.
“The President prayed to Allah for repose of Malam Funtua’s soul, and to grant the family strength and fortitude to bear the loss.”