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Isa Funtua, President Buhari’s Confidant Passes On

Malam Ismaila Isa Funtua, 78, a close confidant and an unofficial adviser of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, has died of cardiac arrest.

Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu told Premium Times that Funtua was returning from the mosque when he suddenly fell ill and decided to go see a doctor.

Funtua hailed from Funtua, Katsina State.

He was a pioneer student of the Federal Training Centre, Kaduna, and later trained as an administrative officer at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria.


Funtua served at the Katsina Native Authority for seven years as an Administrative Officer and was Personnel Manager in United Textiles Limited.

He was Minister of Water Resources in the defunct Second Republic and a member of the 1994-1995 Constitutional Conference.

Funtua was the founding Managing Director of Democrat Newspaper and served as President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) for eight years.

He was the founder of Bullet International Nigeria Limited, an indigenous construction company, which played a significant role in the building of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

He will be buried according to Islamic rites on Tuesday.


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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