Newspaper patron and influential media leader, Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua is dead.
He died in Abuja while undergoing a routine medical check-up.
He reportedly suffered a massive heart attack during the medical check-up.
He is also said to be a close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari.
A Special Assistant to the President, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed his death.
He 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.”
He was 78 years old..