In a statement released by the Special Assistant to the President on Media Segun Adeyemi, the Minister for Information and Culture Lai Mohammed described the death of Mallam Isma’ila Isa Funtua as a rude shock.
Popular Nigerian businessman and close friend to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Isma’ila Isa Funtua passed away on Monday after a cardiac arrest.
The statement released on Tuesday in Abuja expressed the minister’s grief at the death of Mallam Isa Funtua. Hailing his contribution to the media industry, Lai Mohammed highlighted Mallam Isa Funtua’s untiring defense of free speech and freedom of the press right from his days as founder of the Democrat Newspaper to his role as the President of the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
Describing Mallam Isma’ila Isa Funtua’s death as a severe blow to the Nigerian media industry, Lai Mohammed stated, “Mallam Isa Funtua was a man of many parts, with his eventful life highlighted by service, whether as a media icon, an entrepreneur or a philanthropist. He also served as a government minister and a member of the 1994-1995 Constitutional Conference, hallmarking his versatility.”
He concluded his statement praying for the repose of the soul of the departed, asking for comfort and strength, and extending his condolences to the President, family, and friends of the late Mallam Isa Funtua, the NPAN as well as the Nigerian media industry.