Tinubu mourns late Ismaila Isa Funtua
A former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has expressed sadness over the death of Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua.
Mallam Isa Funtua, it could be recalled, suddenly died late Monday evening of cardiac arrest.
Reacting to the sudden demise of the late elder statesman, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu said in a statement made available to ElombahNews:
“The passing of elder-statesman, nationalist newspaper publisher and prominent businessman, Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, is a saddening national loss.
“He was a rare individual of immense talents, abilities and generousity.
“I had the distinct honour of knowing this man for many years.
“Mallam Funtua loved our nation with uncompromising passion having served Nigeria with dedication and commitment at different times in many important capacities.
“I commiserate with President Buhari at this time for we have suffered the loss of another person of great intellect and extraordinary character.”
“Our national family mourns deeply because of this unexpected departure.
“May Allah give our President the added strength and grace to overcome this loss.
“I mourn with the immediate and extended Funtua family who have lost a father, patriarch and much more.
“My condolences to Governor Aminu Bello Mazari of Katsina State and the Funtua Community.
“We have lost too many outstanding Nigerians in such a short time. We cannot question why for the will of Almighty Allah is sovereign and supreme.
“I ask Almighty Allah to accept the soul of Mallam Funtua and admit him to Aljanna Firdaus.
“May Allah in His munificence also grant his family and all those he left behind the inner fortitude, peace and dedication to continue after him.”
In a similar vein, President Muhammadu Buhari said he received with deep sadness on Monday evening information on passing of his longtime friend and associate, Malam Isma’ila Isa Funtua.
The President condoled with family members, government and people of Katsina State and all associates of the former President of Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), especially the media industry, on the loss.
He described him as “greatly admired and respected’’.
Funtua was Life Patron of International Press Institute and NPAN.