The founding Managing Director of Democrat Newspaper and former President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Mallam Ismaila Funtua, is dead.
He died of cardiac arrest Monday night, July 20, 2020, at the age of 76.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), recieved the news of the death of his political associate, Mallam Funtua, with “deep sadness.”
Mr Shehu’s statement reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari received with deep sadness on Monday evening information on the passing of his long-time friend and associate, Malam Isma’ila Isa Funtua, who was Life Patron of International Press Institute and Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria.
The President condoles with family members, Government and people of Katsina State, and all associates of the former President of NPAN, especially the Media industry, on the loss, describing him as ‘greatly admired and respected.
President Buhari believes the demise of the publisher and Businessman has created a huge gap as Malam Funtua consistently stood by him in his political journey.
The President prayed to Allah for the repose of Malam Funtua’s soul, and to grant the family strength and fortitude to bear the loss.”