The Senate President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday said the demised of Mallam Isa Isma’ila Funtua as great loss.

Lawan send his warm sympathy to the family and friend of the late business mogul, community leader, social and political activist and nationalist.

Funtua, who is a long time friend to President Muhammadu Buhari gave up on monday after suffering heart attack.

Senate president statement via his spokesman, Ola Awoniyi, described the Late Funtua as a man of great intelligence, energy and integrity on everything thing that he did.

The statement read in parts: “The news of the death of Mallam Isa Funtua left me with profound sadness.

“He was a man who touched many lives and impacted the development of Nigeria with his foresight, industry, enterprise, boundless enthusiasm, magnetism, friendliness and accommodating spirit.

“Mallam Isa Funtua made friends across tribe, religion, generation and class in Nigeria, and touched many lives in public service as well as in his private life.”

Lawan added that, the deceased Isa Funtua was a pioneer and trail blazer who set up an authoritative national newspaper and a giant construction company through both of which he has left indelible footprints on the physical and sociology-political landscapes of Nigeria.

Lawan said further, “Even in death, Mallam Isa Funtua’s presence will continue to be felt for a long time by Nigerians."

The Senate President also sympathized with the Government and residents of Katsina State over the great loss.

Lawan also particularly sympathized with President Muhammadu Buhari who has lost a longstanding friend, trusted ally and in-law.

May God forgive him and give his family and associates the fortitude to bear the loss

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