President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has described as a painful loss the death of media icon and President Muhammadu Buhari’s ally, Isma’ila Isa Funtua.
Funtua died of cardiac arrest Monday evening.
In a statement signed by Ola Awoniyi, his Special Adviser (Media), on Tuesday, Lawan expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the late business mogul, community leader, social and political activist and nationalist.
“The news of the death of Mallam Isa Funtua left me with profound sadness,” he said.
“He was a man who touched many lives and impacted the development of Nigeria with his foresight, industry, enterprise, boundless enthusiasm, magnetism, friendliness and accommodating spirit.
“Mallam Isa Funtua made friends across tribe, religion, generation and class in Nigeria, and touched many lives in public service as well as in his private life,” Lawan said.
He described the deceased as a man of many parts who brought to bear his great intelligence, energy and integrity on everything thing that he did.
The senate president said the late Funtua was a pioneer and trailblazer who established an authoritative national newspaper and a giant construction company through both of which he has left indelible footprints on the physical and sociology-political landscapes of Nigeria.
“Even in death, Mallam Isa Funtua’s presence will continue to be felt for a long time by Nigerians,” Lawan said.
He commiserated with the Government and People of Katsina State over the loss.
The senate president also particularly condoled with Buhari who lost a close friend, trusted ally and in-law.
Lawan prayed Allah to comfort the loved ones that Funtua left behind, forgive his sins and accept his soul in Aljannat Firdaus.