- The presidency and Omoyele Sowore has started exchanging words on social media again
- The recent disagreement is over comments made by Sowore in an interview this week
- Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, is miffed that Sowore mentioned Late Mallam Isa Funtua who died this week
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The presidency has responded to claims by Omoyele Sowore concerning a meeting he had with Late Isa Ismaila Funtua while in detention.
Funtua, an associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and former president of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) died of cardiac arrest on Monday, July 20 at 78.
After his death, Sowore, in an interview said the Late Funtua led a delegation to meet with him in detention to renounce his Revolution Now Initiative.
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Sowore, the publisher of an influential online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, had called for a revolution after he lost the 2019 presidential election.
The Directorate of State Services arrested Sowore in Lagos and took him to its headquarters in Lagos, sparking outrage across the country.
Responding to Sowore's claims, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the newspaper publisher should quit attacking a dead soul.
Shehu wrote on his social media pages: “The meeting was not instructed by the government. Nobody sent anybody to go and “negotiate” Sowore’s freedom as he put it.
“The meeting ended well, and contrary to the posturing by Sowore, he said he was happy with a resolution proposed but that his lawyer, whoever that was, needed to come on board.
“The fence-mending process apparently collapsed after the meeting of the trio with the lawyer in Lagos.
“I don’t know what Sowore wants to achieve by distorting the facts of what transpired, but my advice to him is that he should stop his attacks on a dead, well-meaning intercessor.”
Sowore, however, responded to the comments of the presidential aide on Twitter.
His words: “Glad you admitted you led a delegation to meet me in DSS detention because the delegates said you arranged it.
“It is very true that I was nice to your team because you weren’t my problem, you were just an errand boy. In fact, I patted you on the back saying I had never met you before you were respectful but I knew you were there on a hatchet job.”
Read Funtua's bi below:
Mallam 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 the Manchester University in the UK.
He was the Monitor General of the 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.
Recall that President Buhari in reaction to Funtua's passing condoled with the deceased's family, government and people of Katsina state over the death of the Second Republic minister.
While expressing sadness over the news, the president prayed to Allah for the repose of his soul and to grant the family strength and fortitude to bear the loss.
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