Eulogies Trail The Sad Passing Of Leadership Newspaper Publisher Sam Nda-Isaiah

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The death of Sam Nda-Isaiah, publisher of the Leadership Newspapers, came as a huge shock to many Nigerians on Friday as tributes have been pouring in for him, with several persons describing the loss as shocking and painful.

The media mogul, 58, had attended an event on December 10, just a day before his sudden passing was announced in statement by the family via the newspaper’s website. It revealed that he passed away after a brief illness.

“Nda-Isaiah was a family man, a serial entrepreneur and visioner, and a passionate politician. He was, above all, a man of faith. Even in this moment of grief, we know he is in a better place,” the statement added.

President Muhammadu Buhari was one of the first people to condole with the family, over the loss of Nda-Isaiah who he describes as “a friend and ally”. He said he will be sorely missed, adding that “the country has lost a man of conviction, a resolute and dogged believer in a better Nigeria.”

“This is a massive fish gone out of the media ocean,” Buhari further said of the pharmacist, renowned columnist, and one time presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senate President Ahmed Lawan described him as someone who “fervently believed in the Nigerian project”, saying “this was 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,” he added. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila also said “the Nigerian media industry has lost one of its committed pillars”.

According to him, the Leadership Publisher’s death came at a time that the services of the media are needed most to promote unity among Nigerians as well as the development and growth of the country. Both National Assembly leaders, prayed for the repose of his soul and for God to comfort his family.

 

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