ThisDay is reporting that Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, is dead.
According to the report, he died of cardiac arrest on Monday, July 20. Presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, also confirmed the death of Funtua in a tweet.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un! Just heard about Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua’s sudden death. This life! May Allah accept his soul, forgive his shortcomings and grant him Jannah al-Firdaus.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) July 20, 2020
Funtua is the founding managing director of Democrat Newspaper and former President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
The Late Funtua was said to be very influential in the corridors of power.
He is also the chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the life patron of NPAN. Until his death, he was the chairman of Bulet Construction company. He will be buried according to Islamic rites Tuesday, July 21.
Read his bio below: Malam Ismaila Isa was born in Funtua, Katsina state. He was a pioneer student of the Federal Training Centre Kaduna. He trained as an administrative officer at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, and as an administrator at Manchester University in the UK.
He was the Monitor General of Course 9, the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru. He served at the Katsina Native Authority for seven years as an Administrative Officer.
Mallam Ismaila Isa is a renowned Business Executive and public officer with over thirty years of management experience. He was Personnel Manager in United Textiles Limited (UNTL), responsible for over ten thousand staff and a one-time Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He is a philanthropist and a life patron of the NPAN, a staunch defender of a free press and free speech. Funtua had in an interview late last year, said he is not a member of any cabal but a cabal himself.
He made the statement when he appeared on The Morning Show, a program on Arise Television on Saturday, December 4. Funtua accused Nigerians of using the term cabal in a derogatory manner, saying President Buhari is free to have people he trusts around him.