President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the passing of his long-time friend and associate Isma’ila Isa Funtua.
Funtua who was life patron of the International Press Institute (IPI) and the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) died on Monday night.
In a condolence message by his spokesman Garba Shehu, the president condoled family members, government and people of Katsina State and all associates of Funtua, especially the media industry on the loss.
He said the late Funtua was “greatly admired and respected” and that the demise of the publisher and businessman has created a huge gap.
He added that “Funtua consistently stood by him in his political journey’’.
Buhari prayed for the repose of Funtua’s soul and strength for the family to bear the loss.