President Muhammadu Buhari and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on Saturday variously expressed shock and sadness over the death of the publisher of Leadership newspapers, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah.
A statement by the president’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the president condoled with the media fraternity, the Nda-Isaiah family, friends and associates of the deceased, saying “the country has lost a man of conviction, a resolute and dogged believer in a better Nigeria.” He added: “He will be sorely missed. This is a massive fish gone out of the media ocean.”
The statement recalled that the pharmacist turned publisher was a renowned columnist, and one-time presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, on the other hand described as shocking and painful the sudden death of the publisher of the Leadership Newspaper, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah. Gbajabiamila in a statement condoled with members of his immediate family, the management and staff of Leadership Newspaper, the Nigerian media industry, especially the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), over the loss.
He said with Nda-Isaiah’s passing away, the Nigerian media industry had lost one of its committed pillars. He also said his death came at a time that the services of the media were needed most to promote unity among Nigerians as well as the development and growth of the country. While praying for the repose of the soul of late Nda-Isaiah, the Speaker said the late publisher would be remembered for contributing his quota toward Nigeria’s development through the media.