Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reacted to the death of Isa Funtua by decribing it as a rude shock and a severe blow to the media industry in Nigeria.
Recall that Funtua, President Muhammadu Buhari’s ally, died on Monday night.
In reaction to Funtua’s death, Lai Mohammed hailed his “contribution to media development and his untiring defence for free speech and the freedom of the press”.
He made it known that this started when Funtua founded the Democrat Newspapers and later President of the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
The minister added that Funtua’s passion for the media industry saw him serving as the life patron of the NPAN and taking active interest in matters concerning the industry until his death.
“Mallam Isa Funtua was a man of many parts, with his eventful life highlighted by service, whether as a media icon, an entrepreneur or a philanthropist,” he said.
Mohammed extended his condolences to the Funtua’s family, friends and others.