President Muhmmadu Buhari has obtained information of the dying of one in every of his longtime mates and associates, Mallam Isma’ila Isa Funtua with shock.
Funtua handed away on Monday night reportedly from cardiac arrest.
Confirming President Buhari’s shock in an announcement, his Senior Particular Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, stated the dying of Funtua would depart an enormous vacuum across the President, contemplating the very shut connection they shared.
“President Muhammadu Buhari obtained with deep disappointment on Monday night data on the passing of his longtime pal and affiliate, Malam Isma’ila Isa Funtua, who was Life Patron of Worldwide Press Institute and Newspapers Proprietors Affiliation of Nigeria (NPAN).
“The President condoles with relations, authorities and folks of Katsina State, and all associates of the previous President of NPAN, particularly the media trade, on the loss, describing him as “enormously admired and revered’’.
“President Buhari believes the demise of the writer and businessman has created an enormous hole as Malam Funtua constantly stood by him in his political journey.
“The President prayed to Allah for repose of Malam Funtua’s soul, and to grant the household power and fortitude to bear the loss”, the assertion stated.
Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua was born in Funtua, Funtua council space of current day Katsina State in 1942.
He served as a Federal Minister of Water Assets within the second Republic and was a member of the 1994 Constitutional Convention organised by the Sani Abacha navy junta.
An in depth ally of President Muhmmadu Buhari, Mallam Funtua was a member of the affabled Kaduna Mafia, a clique of influencing northern elite with skilled and business background.
He attended the Ahmadu Bello College (ABU), Zaria, the College of Manchester, and was a member of the ninth Senior Government Course on the Nationwide Institute of Coverage and Strategic Research.
He was in public service, beginning with the Katsina Native Authority and labored with the United Textiles Restricted in Kaduna as Personnel Supervisor.
Retiring from public service, he went into non-public observe and served as Director in lots of organisations.
He based many companies, together with Democrat Newspaper and Funtua Textiles Restricted.