Buhari cabal member and publisher, Isa Funtua dies of cardiac arrest

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Founding Managing Director of Democrat Newspaper and former President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, is dead. He died of cardiac arrest Monday night, ThisDay newspaper reported.

He was life patron of Newspaper’s Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and Chairman of Bulet Construcion company.

He will be buried according to Islamic rites Tuesday, the newspaper reported.

Late Funtua was a top member of the Buhari unofficial advisers wielding immense power and influence in the government. It comprises Buhari’s nephew Mamman Daura, late Chief of Staff Abba Kyari, Amb. Babagana Kingibe and the Late Ismaila Isa Funtua.

Ismaila Isa Funtua with President Muhammadu Buhari at an event.

Late Funtua’s son, Abubakar is married to a daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari. The relationship between the Funtua and Buhari families date back to the seventies and the eighties where the elder Funtua and the current Nigerian helmsman were both in the public service and the military respectively, Yushau Shuaib of PRNigeria reportedly said.

– Profile of Ismaila Isa Funtua –

Mallam Ismaila Isa (OFR,MNI)

Malam Ismaila Isa was born in Funtua, Katsina State. He was a pioneer student of the Federal Training Centre Kaduna. He trained as an administrative officer at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria and as an administrator at the Manchester University in the UK. He was the Monitor Gen-eral of the Course 9, the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru. He served at the Katsina Native Authority for seven years as an Administrative Officer.

Mallam Ismaila Isa was a renowned Business Executive and public officer with over thirty years of management experience. He was Personnel Manager in United Textiles Limited (UNTL), responsible for over ten thousand staff and a one-time Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He was the founder of Bulet International Nigeria Limited (the largest wholly owned indigenous construction company) which built most of the iconic pub-lic buildings in Abuja. He is the founding Managing Director of Democrat Newspaper and served as President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) for 8 years.

He was a philanthropist and a life patron of the NPAN, a staunch defender of a free press and free speech.

Sama’ila Isa Funtua in an interview on the breakfast show of Arise TV earlier this year.

– Saraki mourns Funtua –

One of the earliest mourners of the late Isa Funtua is the immediate past Senate President Bukola Saraki who posted a message on his social media pages.

“Inalilahi Wa Ina ilaehi rajihun. The death of Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua is a personal loss to me and my family. He was like a father and one of the associates of my late father who chose to take me under his wings”, Saraki wrote.

“He was always ready to offer his advice and give a fresh perspective to issues. I will miss him and the country will miss a detribalised Nigerian and symbol of national unity that he was.

“My condolences go to his family, his associates, the people and government of Katsina State and the entire country. May Almighty Allah (SWT) forgive his sins and grant him a place in Aljannah Firdaus”, Saraki concluded.

From left, Publisher of THISDAY and Chairman, Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Nduka Obaigbena, Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Publisher of VANGUARD, Amuka Pemu and ex-NPAN President, Ismaila Isa Funtua, during the President of the Senate’s meeting with media stakeholders led by NPAN Chairman in Abuja Monday, July 25th, 2018.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara also commiserated with late Funtua’s family.

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