21 July By Josiah Buzun.
The Northern Governors Forum has expressed shock over the death of elder statesman, veteran journalist and a life patron of the International Press Institute and the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria Mallan Ismaila Isa Funtua.
The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong said the death was a great loss to his family, the Northern Region and the entire Nation considering Mallam Funtuas immense contributions to national development.
He said the deceased had built bridges among people of different ethnic, religious and political persuasions and also encouraged unity, peace and tolerance.
Governor Lalong stated that the Late Mallam Isma’ila Funtua distinguished himself as a journalist where he not only led the clamour for freedom of expression and the press, but also encouraged responsible journalism practice that was geared towards nation-building and propagation of truth, justice and the fight against corruption.
He noted that the business acumen, humility and hardwork of late Mallam Funtua among his many achievements would continue to inspire the younger generation especially now that the nation is in dire need of role models.
The Northern Governor’s Forum Chairman also commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari as the late Mallam Funtua was his long time associate, supporter and political ally who did a lot to offer counsel to the Government on many issues.
By Josiah Buzun, Jos