President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has written to the family of late Isma’ila Isa Funtua, a Nigerian statesman who served as a Federal Minister in the Second Nigerian Republic.
The President in the letter signed by himself, of which a copy was made available to newsmen via his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, described Funtua’s death as a major national loss.
According to the letter which was drafted in the Hausa language, the President revealed to Funtua immediate family, i.e, his wife Hajiya Hauwa, his children and as well the entire family members that the loss of their beloved is not just to the family but a loss that affects the country at large. The President further disclosed that the deceased was of great assistance to him and his administration.
President Buhari revealed that Funtua had helped him in many ways to strengthen his government and the country at large before his death.
“In his active politics, Malam Isma’ila served as a Minister, he was also a businessman and contractor who built several government buildings in Abuja,” he noted.
Again the president noted that the deceased was a director of Funtua Textile Mills for 30 years and chaired the Zamfara Textile Company; and as well a life Executive member of the Board of the International Press Institute, IPI.
“Late Isma’ila was reputed throughout his life for his kindness, generosity and support for public causes, big and the not so big,” the President added.
He, however, admonished people late Funtua left behind not to allow division in their ranks, prayed also to Allah to forgive the departed and grant him Aljannatul-Firdaus (paradise).
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