In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 23rd, July, 2020

Good Night time My Pricey Isa Funtua: IBB Writes Emotional Tribute

Good Night My Dear Isa Funtua: IBB Writes Emotional Tribute

Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida

IBB and Isa Funtua

Former navy president, Normal Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida has penned an emotional tribute to the departed newspaper writer and businessman, Malam Ismaila Isa Funtua.

Isa Funtua died on Monday evening in Abuja. He was buried on Tuesday.

Two days after, Babangida stated he’s nonetheless in shock to simply accept the truth of the loss of life of the person he referred to as ‘Mallam Isa’.

Learn the tribute titled “IBB: Good Night time My Pricey Isa Funtua”:

It has taken me two days of shock to have the ability to muscle the power to jot down this tribute and condolence to the household of my departed brother, pal, affiliate and confidant, Ismaila Isa Funtua.

I’m nonetheless left in awe to come back to phrases with the surprising information, however like each mortal, we should style loss of life when it’s time.

No matter age, standing and social standing, after we misplaced our pricey ones, we’re left in pains, emotional trauma, grief and nostalgia. Mallam Isa, was like an alter ego to me since our path crossed over fifty years in the past.

He turned a part of my household since then and we remained so intently knitted till his sudden loss of life two days in the past.

Mallam Isa, as I fondly name him, was one Nigerian who by no means pretended about points and conditions. You’ll rightly know the place he belongs. He was not given to frivolities and shenanigans. He was pointedly frank when he wanted to make his place identified on any matter.

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He carried with him an aura that outlined his persona. He made pals throughout the size and breadth of Nigeria, from the North to the South, East to the West. He was certainly a bridge builder, a peace maker and one who believed a lot within the unity of Nigeria. He believed a lot in constructively participating points, apply mediation to resolving points than looking for different strategies.

As pals and brothers that we have been, he by no means hesitated in talking his thoughts in a brutally frank method irrespective of whose ox is gored. He carried himself with unusual patriotism and all the time prepared to achieve out to individuals irrespective of their backgrounds and tribal inclinations.

He was a pan-Nigeria statesman who was largely misunderstood by some and eternally appreciated by many who understood the dynamics of his engagements. Typically occasions, he would insist that Nigerians should dwell to like themselves regardless of our totally different “tongues and tribes”, as a result of in his view, we’re higher off as a united entity than a fractured nation.

Mallam Ismaila, a writer, enterprise guru, socialite, patriot and pan-Nigerian in each sense of the phrase, could be tremendously missed. His loss of life, has as soon as once more, reminded us of the ephemerality of life and its fleeting nature. It’s a name that ought to remind all of us to be God fearing, in our trajectories and engagements in life.

I’ve little question in my thoughts that Isa, lived a fulfilled life as a religious Muslim and lover of humanity.

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On behalf of my household, Aisha, Muha, Aminu and Halima, I want to convey our hearty condolence to the household at this grieving second. Phrases alone can not convey our condolences however we’re relaxation assured that solely Allah is aware of why this loss of life got here right now.

Might Allah grant his soul aljanah firdaus, and strengthen his household to deal with the pains and agonies typically related to dropping an expensive one. We’re certainly in pains, and our hearts are heavy with mournful ideas.

Adieu, Dan Isa, till we meet to half no extra.

Signed….

GENERAL I.B.BABANGIDA, GCFR.

FORMER MILITARY PRESIDENT

23RD JULY 2020

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