President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday wrote the family of the late publisher and businessman, Isma’ila Isa Funtua.
In the letter he personally signed, the President described Funtua’s death as a major national loss.
A copy of the letter was made available to DAILY POST by Garba Shehu, the President’s Spokesman.
The President, in the drafted in Hausa, made Funtua’s wife, Hajiya Hauwa, the children and the entire family members understand that this loss was not theirs alone, but that of the entire country.
According to Buhari, the late publisher was of great assistance to him and his government, noting that he helped him in many ways to strengthen the administration and the country before his death.
President Buhari, in the letter, recalled that “in his active politics, Malam Isma’ila served as a Minister,” adding that “he was also a businessman and contractor who built several government buildings in Abuja.”
Buhari noted that Funtua was a director of Funtua Textile Mills for 30 years and chaired the Zamfara Textile Company.
And was a life Executive member of the Board of the International Press Institute, IPI.
Buhari said that Nigerians of all shades and backgrounds have nothing but kind words for Funtua.
He noted that “late Isma’ila was reputed throughout his life for his kindness, generosity and support for public causes, big and the not so big.”
He then urged all those Malam Isma’ila left behind not to allow division in their ranks.
President Buhari also prayed to Allah to forgive the departed and grant him Aljannatul-Firdaus (paradise).