The remains of late founding President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and former Managing Director of the Democrat Newspapers, Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, were buried according to Muslim rites on Tuesday at the Gudu Cemetery, Abuja after he died of cardiac arrest.
The late elder statesman reportedly died of cardiac arrest on Monday night at 78.
CANDIIDONLINE gathered that Isa Funtua was President Muhammadu Buhari’s political associate and in-law.
The Salat-al-Janazah held before his burial at the Shehu Shagari Central Mosque, Area 1, Garki, Abuja and was preformed by the Chief Imam Area 1 Mosque, Sheikh Abdulahi Bala Yau.
Prayers were offered by the Chief Imam of National Mosque, Abuja, Dr Kabit before Isa Funtua was buried.
Dignitaries at the Janazah prayer and the burial include a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mamman Daura; former Ogun Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; FCT Minister Mohammed Musa Bello; Senator Tunde Ogheha; Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni; Former S.A. to President Buhari on Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yahaha Lawal; former Zamfara Governor Mahmoud Shinkafi and former Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdulahi Mohammed.
Others were former EFCC Chairman Nuhu Ribadu and Chairman of THISDAY /ARISE TV, Chief Nduka Obaigbena.
Also at the burial were the Publisher Abuja Enquirer Dan Akpovwa; Publisher Leadership Newspaper Noah Isaiah and Mohammed Idris of Blueprint Newspaper.
CANDIIDONLINE reports that Mr Isa-Funtua died Monday night while keeping a doctor’s appointment, according to family sources.
Isa Funtua is suspected to have died of cardiac arrest as he was not known to be seriously sick.
The Katsina-born newspaper publisher and industrialist was a minister under the civilian administration of Shehu Shagari.
A member of the 1994-1995 Constitutional Conference, he was also the founder of Bulet International Nigeria Limited, which built some of the iconic public buildings in Abuja.