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Update: Late Isa Funtua was my pillar – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has said the late Isa Funtua was a pillar of support to his government, saying his death is a national loss.

Funtua passed away on Monday, July 20th, aged 78 with President Buhari in a letter to the family, saying the late publisher helped his government in several ways.

“Malam Isma’ila was of great assistance to me and my administration. He helped in many ways to strengthen the government and the country before his ultimate demise,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted his principal as saying in the letter.


In the letter, written in Hausa language and personally signed by the Nigerian leader, Buhari told late Funtua’s wife, Hajiya Hauwa, the children and family that the Funtua’s demise was not just a loss to them but the country at large.

Buhari recalled that “in his active politics, Malam Isma’ila served as a minister,” stating that “he was also a businessman and contractor who built several government buildings in Abuja.”

The President equally urged the family to stay united and not allow division in set in in the absence of his late associate.

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He said Nigerians across all walks of life have nothing but kind words for Funtua, noting that “late Isma’ila was reputed throughout his life for his kindness, generosity and support for public causes, big and the not so big.”


Long-time Administrator
Mallam Funtua was born in Funtua, Katsina State, and a pioneer student of the Federal Training Centre, Kaduna.

The Minister of Water Resources in the defunct Second Republic, established the Democrat Newspapers during the military era in Nigeria.

Also, he was trained as an administrative officer at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria as well as an administrator at Manchester University in the UK.

The late Funtua worked as the Katsina Native Authority as an Administrative Officer and later served in many ministries in the defunct Northern Region


Breaking: Mamman Daura lament Funtua, Kyari’s death


Says Their Demise Has Created Vacuum In Buhari’s Government

Close confidant and President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura has said he was devastated and saddened by the demise of his two associates, Abba Kyari and Isa Funtua, whose deaths have created a vacuum in the administration.

Daura had shed light on his relationship with Kyari and Funtua before their death in a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Hausa Service, monitored in Kaduna at the weekend. Daura, Kyari and Funtua were believed to be the strong forces behind Buhari’s government, by reason of their closeness to the Presidency.

Reacting to their death and subsequent absence in government, Daura said: “It was very disturbing, truly. These two great personalities, aside being my friends, were my close associates and not blood relations. Close associates, due to long-term relationship…”


Narrating how he met Kyari and Funtua, Daura said: “When I was editor, I was informed one day, that one Abba Kyari Chima came to see me. I asked him to come in. I asked what the matter was. He said he wanted to work in New Nigerian. I asked what he was doing then. He said he was teaching. I told him that teaching was better than newspaper work. He said no, that in newspaper work, one was teaching the whole nation, but in teaching, one is just teaching a few persons. That amazed me and I then searched for an available place for him.

“After the search, the only available place he could get was the last in hierarchy. I told him to exercise patience, because his level of education had superseded that level. But, he said there was no problem, he would take that position. In fact, Malam Abba Kyari was not looking for money or position. He was looking for where to work and assist. It’s 43 years now we had been together.”Daura, now 81, also gave account of his relationship with the late Funtua.

“After leaving New Nigerian, and retired as a Managing Director, I became the Director of United Nigeria Textile Limited, (UNTL). It’s 40 years now. Funtua was the Personnel Manager there. That was when we became intimate. Together, we established Funtua Textiles…”