From Gbenga Omokhunu, Sanni Onogu, Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja; Augustine Okezie, Katsina and Okungbowa Aiwerie, Asaba
Founding President of the Newspaper Proprietors Affiliation of Nigeria (NPAN), Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, was laid to relaxation on Tuesday in Abuja.
He died on Monday evening of suspected coronary heart assault after driving himself to a hospital. He was 78.
Funtua was a detailed affiliate of President Muhammadu Buhari and founding father of the Democrat. He was additionally a sucessful businessman.
The Salat-al-Janazah (a funeral prayer) was held earlier than his burial on the Shehu Shagari Central Mosque, Space 1, Garki. It was carried out by the Chief Imam of Space 1 Mosque, Sheikh Abdulahi Bala Yau.
Prayers have been supplied on the graveside by the Chief Imam of the Nationwide Mosque, Abuja.
President Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura; former Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Mohammed Musa Bello, his predecessor Aliyu Modibbo Umar, Senator Tunde Ogheha, Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni and former Zamfara State governor Mahmoud Shinkafi have been amongst dignitaries on the occasion.
Others are former Particular Adviser to President Buhari on Overseas Affairs, Ambassador Yahaya Lawal, former Nationwide Hajj Fee of Nigeria (NAHCON ) Chairman, Abdulahi Mohammed and former Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) Chairman Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
Additionally current have been ThisDay/Come up TV Chairman Nduka Obaigbena; Abuja Enquirer writer Dan Akpovwa, Management Newspaper writer Sam Nda-Isaiah and Mohammed Idris of Blueprint Newspaper.
Extra tributes poured in yesterday for the late businessman.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo famous Funtua’s contributions to nationwide improvement.
He mentioned: “Mallam Isa Funtua was a well-respected elder statesman, an achieved enterprise mogul/writer, an astute politician and a entrance line industrialist.
“His varied contributions to the event of governance and public administration have ensured for him an evergreen reminiscence within the hearts of many admirers and associates, significantly through the administration of President Shehu Shagari below whom he served as Honourable Minister of Water Assets in addition to throughout his membership of the committee of the 1994-1995 Constitutional Convention that got here up with fashions in key areas of Nigeria’s existence.
“Because the founding father of Bulet Worldwide Nigeria Restricted, Mallam Isa Funtua’s sturdy identification with the target of my administration because the President between 1999 and 2007 in implementing the grasp plan of the nation’s capital, FCT, can’t go unrecognised.
“He constructed among the iconic public buildings in Abuja and remained steadfast in making the FCT a extra liveable place and a serious vacationer and funding zone.”
Senate President Ahmad Lawan mentioned Funtua’s demise was painful.
In a press release by his Particular Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi, he mentioned: “Mallam Isa Funtua was a person who touched many lives and impacted the event of Nigeria along with his foresight, trade, enterprise, boundless enthusiasm, magnetism, friendliness and accommodating spirit.
“He made pals throughout tribe, faith, technology and sophistication in Nigeria, and touched many lives in public service in addition to in his personal life.”
Lawan commiserated with Katsina State over the loss and condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, who he mentioned misplaced a detailed buddy, trusted ally and in-law.
Home of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, in a press release by his spokesman Lanre Lasisi, mentioned Funtua, who was a lifetime patron of NPAN and the Worldwide Press Institute, lived a life stuffed with service to humanity.
The Speaker additionally condoled with President Buhari over the loss.
Whereas praying Almighty Allah to offer his household, the folks and authorities of Katsina State the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, the Speaker prayed for Jannatul Firdaus to be his closing abode.
Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari expressed deep shock over Funtua’s demise.
In a press release by his media director, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, the governor mentioned Funtua’s demise was a lack of monumental proportions.
He described the deceased as a prince of the world who, as a profitable businessman, had traversed the globe selling the easiest of Nigeria.
He mentioned: “Malam Isa Funtua, a Second Republic minister, was an iconic Nigerian model who had acquitted himself effectively in enterprise, media trade, politics and philanthropy, with hardly anyplace in Nigeria the place his fame has not reached.”
He urged the bereaved to take comfort in the truth that the late Funtua lived a fulfilled life.
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun described Funtua as “a top quality icon who will occupy many good pages in Nigeria’s historical past.”
He commiserated with President Buhari and the folks of Katsina State over the loss.
In a condolence message his media aide, Kunle Somorin, the governor mentioned: “Mallam Isa Funtua was a person of honour and an amazing achiever. He lived an exemplary life; he was a democrat and a effective gentleman whose concept of energy was that of being a device to serve his fatherland and humanity.
“He was an elder statesman within the truest sense of the phrase out and in of presidency – as a technocrat in Northern Nigeria and later Minister within the Second Republic.”
Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa commiserated with President Buhari on Funtua’s passing and condoled with the household.
He described the deceased as a consummate chief, shrewd boardroom participant and an elder statesman.
In a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Okowa mentioned Funtua’s demise was an enormous loss to the President and the complete nation.
“His demise stays an amazing loss not simply to his household and President Buhari, however to the complete nation given his position as a profitable businessman, media patron and distinctive statesman.
“Certainly, the late Funtua was very supportive of the President and I can solely think about the grief and sorrow that has befallen our pricey President on this loss.
“Mallam Funtua will likely be sorely missed by newspaper publishers and all these whose lives he touched in optimistic methods.
“Our ideas and prayers are along with his household, President Buhari and the complete nation. Might the soul of the deceased relaxation peacefully and will God grant his fast household the fortitude to bear his demise,” Okowa mentioned.
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel despatched his condolences to the Funtua household.
In a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Ekerete Udoh, the governor described the late industrialist as ”an amazing patriot, a robust advocate for press freedom and a extremely profitable businessman and journalist whose mental rigour added deep worth to our nationwide discourse”.
Emmanuel mentioned: “Above all, he was loyal to causes he believed in. He will likely be deeply missed.
“Might God grant his household, the nice folks of Katsina State and all his pals and associates the fortitude to bear his unlucky demise.”