President Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria has just lost one of his close associate and Inlaw Isa Funtua.
During his lifetime -Ismaila Isa wasa renowned Business Executive and public officer with over thirty years of management experience.
Ismaila Isa Funtua died after a cardiac arrest on 20 July 2020.
His son Abubakar Isa Funtua is married to President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Safinatu.
In a tweet, Bashir Ahmad, another aide of the president, described Funtua’s death as sudden.
“Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un! Just heard about Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua’s sudden death. This life! May Allah accept his soul, forgive his shortcomings and grant him Jannah al-Firdaus,” he tweeted.
He was the founding managing director of Democrat Newspaper and former president of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
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The deceased was life patron of NPAN and chairman of Bulet Construction Company.
His death comes three months after that of Abba Kyari, former chief of staff to the president.
Funtua and Kyari were very close to the president.
Like Buhari, Funtua hailed from Katsina state. One of his sons is married to the president’s daughter.
BIOGRAPHY OF Isa Funtua
Ismaila Isa Funtua OFR, mni was a Nigerian statesman who served as a Federal Minister in the Second Nigerian Republic.
He was a very influential figure in the Buhari administration, and a long time close associate of President Muhammadu Buhari; and a prominent member of the infamous Kaduna Mafia, a loose group of Nigerian businessmen, civil servants, intellectuals and military officers from Northern Nigeria.
Ismaila Isa was born in Funtua in January 1942. He received Islamic education, where he learnt the Qur’an, Islamic jurisprudence and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad. He later attended the Commercial College in Zaria, Federal Training Centre in Kaduna and the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He also attended the University of Manchester and was the Monitor-General of Course 9 of the Senior Executive Course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies
A highly capable administrator, Isa Funtua started his career in the Katsina Native Authority, where he eventually rose through the ranks working in the defunct North Central State.
He later joined the United Textiles Limited in Kaduna, working as a personnel manager where he showcased great managerial finesse. Isa Funtua later became the Federal Minister of Water Resources in the Second Nigerian Republic.
He was a member of the 1994 Constitutional Conference under General Sani Abacha was listed as a target by the regime.
He then retired into private business where he became a director of several companies. He was the founder of Funtua Textiles Limited and managing director of the Democrat Newspaper. He was also the founder and Chairman of Bulet Construction Company (one of the largest indigenous construction companies in Nigeria), responsible for building several federal buildings. He was a Life Patron and the President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria.