President Muhammad Buahri has said that late Ismaila Funtua is the Pilar of his government.
Buhari said this in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity on August 3, 2020.
The statement titled "President Buhari Writes Ismaila Funtua’s Family, Describes Him As A Pillar Of Support To His Government"
Read full statement below:
"President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a letter personally signed by him to the family of the late publisher and businessman, Isma’ila Isa Funtua, describing his demise as major national loss.
President Buhari said that, “Malam Isma’ila was of great assistance to me and my administration. He helped in many ways to strengthen the government and the country before his ultimate demise.”
President Buhari said, “He was a director of Funtua Textile Mills for 30 years and chaired the Zamfara Textile Company,” while on his roles in the media, “Malam Isma’ila was a life Executive member of the Board of the International Press Institute, IPI.”
According to the President, “Nigerians of all shades and backgrounds have nothing but kind words for him,” noting that “late Isma’ila was reputed throughout his life for his kindness, generosity and support for public causes, big and the not so big.” He then urged all those Malam Isma’ila left behind not to allow division in their ranks.
President Buhari also prayed to Allah to forgive the departed and grant him Aljannatul-Firdaus (paradise)."