One of President Muhammadu Buhari’s closest allies, Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua, is dead.
He died on Monday from a yet to be disclosed cause after falling ill for less than two hours.
Funtua is touted to be a member of the ‘Cabal’, a group of influential persons around Nigeria’s President said to help him take key decisions.
The Katsina-born newspaper publisher and industrialist was a minister under the civilian administration of Shehu Shagari.
A member of the 1994-1995 Constitutional Conference, he was also the founder of Bulet International Nigeria Limited, which built some of the iconic public buildings in Abuja.
A relative of the deceased octogenarian, Mohammed Isa, confirmed the news of his death to PREMIUM TIMES.
He said Mr Isa-Funtua will be buried on Tuesday in Abuja.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, also confirmed the death.
Mr Shehu said Mr Isa-Funtua was returning from the mosque where he went to pray when he suddenly fell ill and decided to go see a doctor.