- Ex-President Obasanjo has reacted to the death of Isa Funtua, an elder statesman
- The former president said Nigeria will miss his rare quality in public and private sectors
- Obasanjo also recalled the achievements of the late elder statesman during his administration
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Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has reacted to the death of Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, an elder statesman, business mogul and politician.
Funtua reportedly died of cardiac arrest on Monday, July 20.
In his reaction, Obasanjo said Funtua's contributions to the implementation of the nation's capital between 1999 and 2007 would not go unrecognized.
Legit.ng gathers that Obasanjo who reacted through his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi said Funtua's death is a great loss to the entire country.
His words: "There is no doubt, this is a grievous loss to his family, his friends and associates, Katsina State and, indeed, the entire nation. We commiserate with the entire family of Mallam Isa Funtua and the great people of Katsina state over this great loss."
The former president recalled Funtua's achievements during the administration of ex-President Shehu Shagari under whom he served as minister of water resources as well as during his government.
"As the founder of Bulet International Nigeria Limited, Mallam Isa Funtua's robust identification with the objective of my administration as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007 in implementing the master plan of the nation's capital, FCT, cannot go unrecognised.
"He built some of the iconic public buildings in Abuja and remained steadfast in making the FCT a more habitable place and a major tourist and investment zone," Obasanjo said.
The former president also recalled Funtua's achievement in the media industry.
"Our nation also certainly owes him a debt of gratitude for the immense contributions he had made over the years to the development of media industry in the country. He was the publisher of the Democrat Newspapers during military dictatorship, particularly the regime of General Sani Abacha, when decrees restrained freedom of speech and his newspaper thundered against the ills of that era.
"Until his death, he was the life patron of Newspaper's Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and his contributions were always that of a committed patriot with a well-developed sense of equity, justice and fair-play," he said.
He prayed to God to forgive him his sins and comfort his family and friends.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the death of Funtua, a longtime friend and associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, caused much pain to the Nigerian leader.
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