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Information Minister mourns ex-NPAN President, Isa Funtua

…says he was defender of free speech, press freedom

Alhaji Lai Mohammed

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has lauded the late Mallam Isa Funtua’s contributions to media development and his defence of free speech and the freedom of the press in Nigeria and the world.

 

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the minister described the death of Isa Funtua as a rude shock and a severe blow to the media industry in the country.

 

He recalled his contributions from his

days as the founder of the Democrat Newspapers and as the

President of the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN).

 

PerSecondNews recalls that Isa Funtua, a close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari from Kastina State, died on Sunday.

 

Mohammed noted that Isa Funtua’s passion for the media industry qualified him as the life patron of the NPAN and also took active interest in 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 also served as a government Minister and a member

of the 1994-1995 Constitutional Conference, hallmarking his

versatility,” Mohammed said in the statement by Mr Segun Adeyemi Special Assistant to the President on Media, Office of the Minister.

 

He extended his condolences to Mr. President, other family and friends of the late Isa Funtua, the NPAN and indeed the entire media industry.

 

The Minister prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed, and for comfort and strength to the family he left behind.

 

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