Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the good name left by the late publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, is worth more than gold as he urged the family to do whatever it takes to uphold it.
The president, in a letter to the bereaved family, said he was still filled with shock and sadness over the death of Nda-Isaiah, whom he described as a friend and ally.
Nda-Isaiah, 58, a political columnist, pharmacist, entrepreneur and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), died last Friday.
Presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement yesterday, quoted the president as saying that Nda-Isaiah’s death filled left him speechless when the news reached him.
“He will be sorely missed by me, his family, friends and associates as he was a massive fish gone out of the media ocean and the political arena, where he displayed rare candour and courage.
“I, therefore, condole with the Nda-Isaiah family, media fraternity and all who mourn this man of conviction, a resolute and dogged believer in a better country. Nigeria has no doubt lost an exemplary gentleman.
“May God Almighty console Sam’s grieving family, friends and associates and grant his soul peaceful rest,” he stated.
Shehu said the president’s letter was delivered to the late publisher’s younger brother and the head of the family, Abraham Nda-Isaiah by a delegation comprising him; Senior Special Assistant, Domestic and Social Affairs to the president, Sarki Abba, and the State Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure.