The Northern Media Forum has described the death of the former President of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Alhaji Isamaila Isa Funtua as a big loss to the country and the media industry in particular.

A statement by the Chairman, Northern Media Forum, Mr Dan Agbese noted that the Late Malam Isa Funtua was a pillar of support for the industry and practitioners all over the country and beyond.

The Forum noted that Funtua who, until his death was a life patron of International Press Institute and Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria was also an advocate of free speech and press freedom and will sorely be missed for his contributions to the exponential growth of the media in the country.

While commiserating with his immediate and media family, the Northern Media Forum, also condoled President Muhammadu Buhari and the people of Katsina state in its entirety and prayed for the repose of the soul of “our dear leader, friend and benefactor,” Alhaji Samaila Isa Funtua.

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