From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his close political associate Malam Isma’ila Isa Funtua.
Governor Sani Bello who expressed sadness over the loss of Mallam Isah Funtua in a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary CPS, Mrs Mary Noel Berje.
Governor Bello said, the deceased was an elder statesman, a successful businessman and a highly respected personality, considering his wealth of kowledge and experience which he said will be greatly missed.
He described the death as a great loss to his family, Katsina state and the nation at large, the Governor prayed Allah to grant the deceased Aljannah Firdausi and give his family and close associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
He added that the deceased was the founding Managing Director of Democrat Newspaper and the life patron of Newspaper’s Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and Chairman of Bullet Construction company.
Late Mallam Isa Funtua was the Minister of Water Resources in the defunct Second Republic.
The deceased was also a philanthropist and a staunch defender of a free press and free speech.