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Buhari, Lawan, Tinubu, other dignitaries mourn Sam Nda-Isaiah

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sadness at the death of Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, a man he describes as “a friend and ally.”

The President, in a statement byFemi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), condoled with the media fraternity, the Nda-Isaiah family, friends and associates of the deceased, saying “the country has lost a man of conviction, a resolute and dogged believer in a better Nigeria.”
“He will be sorely missed. This is a massive fish gone out of the media ocean,” President Buhari further said of the pharmacist, renowned columnist, and one time presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, also condoled with the family, friends of Nda -Isaiah and the Nigerian newspaper industry over the death of the Publisher.

Lawan, in his statement by Ola Awoniyi, Special Adviser (Media) to President of the Senate, also commiserated with the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria, and the Government and people of Niger State over the loss.

Lawan described as shocking the death of the pharmacist-turned newspaper columnist, publisher and politician at the young age of 58 years.

“Sam Nda-Isaiah fervently believed in the Nigerian project and this is reflected in his writings and the editorial focus and tone of his Leadership Newspaper.

“His contributions as a public opinion shaper and principled politician are profound and have put his imprints on the Nigerian history despite his early home call,” Lawan says.

The Senate President prayed for sweet repose of his soul and for comfort for his loved ones in this period of their grief and after.

All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in an emotional statement issued by his Media Office and signed by Tunde Rahman, mourned the death of Nda-Isaiah, who he described as a courageous and conscientious journalist and columnist with whom he had a cordial relationship.

Tinubu said: “I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Leadership Newspaper publisher, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah.
“He was a friend and associate. We had built a cordial relationship between us long before we founded the APC together with others and before he contested for the presidential ticket at the primaries of our party in 2014.
“As a journalist and columnist, he was bold, courageous, and conscientious. A pharmacist, he made an audacious move when he founded the Leadership newspaper in 2001.
Nda-Isaiah was not only a newspaper publisher, he was also an entrepreneur with varied business interests.
“His death is a blow to the journalism profession, which he served with all his heart. Perhaps, his last major appearance was last Tuesday’s Annual General Meeting of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria held in Lagos. My condolences to the NPAN. I commiserate with the management and staff of Leadership newspaper.”
Tinubu prayed that God would comfort the deceased’s children, wife and relations and condoled with Etsu Nupe, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, the government and people of Niger State for the loss of their illustrious son.

Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, in his message, said. Nda-Isaiah was a patriotic Nigerian and great friend whose shocking exit is bound to be felt by many.

He expressed great shock over the death of the newspaper publisher who inaugurated the Board for one of his company’s subsidiaries on Thursday and passed away on Friday night in Abuja.

The Deputy President of the Senate described the publisher as one of his great friends at the helm of Nigerian mass media.

“With his passing, I have lost a friend whose exit happened at a most unexpected time when one considers the fact that he was a strong and healthy 58 year-old man who succumbed to brief illness.

“Nonetheless, we must acknowledge the productivity and achievements that God enabled him to record during his time on earth.

“Sam Nda-Isaiah was not only a presidential aspirant; he was a patriotic Nigerian and passionate member of the All Progressives Congress right from its birth.

“He was a very resourceful entrepreneur, moving from pharmacy into various business ventures including the establishment of a national newspaper.

“As we mourn his passing, let me express my heartfelt condolences to his family and associates and I pray that God grants his soul eternal rest”, he stated.

Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, also expressed shock and sadness at the death of the Nda-Isaiah.
He described the late publisher as a man of courage, who took the cause of revolutionising the media industry head-on and made great marks on the industry.
Governor Makinde, according to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, maintained that Nda-Isaiah’s death has created a huge vacuum in the media industry in the country.
He prayed to God to grant repose to the soul of the late publisher and grant his immediate family, the Newspapers Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and, indeed, the entire country, the fortitude to bear the loss of “a great man, who played his part effectively in building the country.”
He said: “Mr. Nda-Isaiah was one of a few Nigerians whose courage I salute, because he picked up the challenge of revolutionising the media industry with the establishment of Leadership newspaper and within a short while, made a great mark.
“I am sure that his death has left a vacuum in the media industry and I can only pray God to grant repose to his soul and grant his immediate family, the media family, especially the NPAN and all Nigerians, the fortitude to bear this loss.

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