Foremost media personality and former President of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua is dead.

Funtua died on Monday night as a result of cardiac arrest.

Ismaila was the Governing Council Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s new media aide, Bashir Ahmad, tweeted, “Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un! Just heard about Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua’s sudden death. This life! May Allah accept his soul, forgive his shortcomings and grant him Jannah al-Firdaus.

“This life is so unforeseeable! You will just be full of life and doing very fine, the next minute it will be people grieving over your demise. May Allah accept the souls of our departed beloved ones.”