By Stanley Onyekwere
The two FCT Ministers, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu have joined other stakeholders to mourn the death of the Chairman and Founder of Leadership Newspaper, Group Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, who died in Abuja on Friday night, after a brief illness.
The Ministers in their separate condolence messages made available to PeoplesDaily, expressed shock and sadness over the passing of the renowned publisher, who helped redefined the journalism profession.
They also consoled the entire family of the Nda-Isaiah staff and management of Leadership Group, Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the entire journalism profession, even as they offered prayers for the repose of his soul.
In particular, MM Bello described the late publisher and politician as an epitome of hard-work and patriotism, a bridge builder and a firm believer in the unity of Nigeria.
The FCT Minister also noted that as a resident of Abuja, whose business concerns were located in the nation’s capital, the late Sam Nda-Isaiah contributed immensely to the development of the FCT.
In the words of Bello, “Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, was an epitome of hard work, a firm believer in the unity of Nigeria and a great patriot. Although a pharmacist by training, through hard work and commitment to excellence, he founded the Leadership Group which has in its stable one of Nigeria’s foremost and most influential newspapers.”
Similarly, FCT Minister of State who noted that death is an inevitable end to every mortal existence, said members of the FCT family were, however, consoled that late Sam Nda-Isaiah distinguished himself as an astute politician and promoter of Nigeria’s unity.