Close Associate of President Buhari, Ismaila Isa Funtua dies at age 78
Former Nigerian Statesman and a close associate of President Buhari, Ismaila Isa Funtua, dies at age 78. The former president of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has died in the late hours of Monday.
The close associate to the president, Isa Funtua died of cardiac arrest after driving himself to the hospital where he lost his battle after the brief illness.
The deceased was a very influential politician and businessman in Nigeria before his death. He was believed to be vying for the position of chief of staff to the president after the death of Abba Kyari and also there were reports of his ambitions to be president in 2023, both claims he had denied before his death.
The presidency made a statement through Garba Shehu, the SSA on Media and Publicity to the president, with the president reportedly praying to Allah for the repose of Mallam Isa Funtua’s soul, and granting his family the strength needed to bear the loss.