On Tuesday Senate President Ahmad Lawan described Mallam Isa Isma’ila Funtai’s death as painful.
Lawan expressed his sincere condolences to the late business mogul ‘s family, community leader, social and political activist and nationalist.
Funtua, who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s long-standing ally, died Monday after suffering cardiac arrest.
In a statement by Ola Awoniyi, his spokesman, Lawan described the deceased as a man of many parts who brought his great intellect, energy and honesty to bear on everything he did.
He said: “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 said the Late Mallam Isa Funtua was a pioneer and trail blazer who established 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.
“Even in death, Mallam Isa Funtua’s presence will continue to be felt for a long time by Nigerians,” Lawan said.
The President of the Senate also commiserated with the Katsina State Government and People over the loss.
Lawan also condoled President Muhammadu Buhari in particular who has lost a close friend, trusted ally, and in-law.