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Late Isa Funtua Wasn't A Cabal. Read His Relationship With Buhari And Why It'll Live On (Opinion)

President Muhammadu Buhari will be in pain now, and needs the prayers of Nigerians to remain strong. We all need friends, especially great and loyal friends to keep our old age fun and lively. President Muhammadu Buhari in three months have lost two of his long time friends. First was his former Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari whom he knew for 42 years. The latest now is Mallam Ismalia Isa Funtua who just passed away.

I really feel for the President because we all know how it feels to lose a longtime friend. Some Nigerians have been reacting to Isa Funtua's dead. Some say he is one of the 'cabals' in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. But I don't think Isa Funtua in this government. To me he is just a good friend of President Buhari who left politics a long time and focused on his business. Before we look at his relationship with Buhari and why it live on, let's profile Mallam Ismalia Isa Funtua. 

Isa Funtua was born in January 1942 in the Northern Nigeria. He received the Islamic education where he learnt alot about Prophet Mohammed and the philosophy of Islam. He attended Commercial College in Zaria, Federal Training Centre and the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria all in Kaduna State. He travelled abroad to study at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Isa Funtua started his career at the Katsina Native Authority. Few years after he rose in ranks to work in the defunct Northern Central States. He displayed his great mangerial skills when he worked at the United Textiles Limited in Kaduna State where he managed over ten thousand workers. He took to politics when became the Federal Minister of Water Resources in the Second Republic. He also took part in the 1994 constitutional conference under the military regime of Late Sani Abacha. Isa Funtua moved into business which made him establish Funtua Textiles Limited and became the Managing Director of Democratic Paper.

His Relationship With President Buhari

Many people have said that Isa Funtua was a 'cabal' in Buhari's government. But I don't think so because he didn't hold any political appointment in Buhari's government. His relationship with Buhari started in the 70s and 80s. Later in Abacha's regime. Remember Buhari served as the Chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund during Abacha's regime. Isa Funtua was also part of the people that participated in the 1994 constitutional conference that took place under Abacha's regime. Another thing his relationship with Buhari will continue to live on is that Isa Funtua is an in law to Buhari. His son Abubakar Isa Funtua is married to President Buhari's daughter Safinatu. Whether people like it or not Isa Funtua relationship with Buhari will continue to live on their children who are husband and wife.

Buhari and the late Isa Funtua have known themselves both in the public service, and the military since the 70s and 80s and that is why his death will pain Buhari a lot. Mallam Isa Funtua was reported to have died of cardiac arrest on Monday night and will be buried today according to Islamic injunction. 

Do you remember Isa Funtua for? Do you think he is a cabal just like people say? Drop your comment below. Like and share this article. Don't forget to follow. 

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