A close associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and Second Republic minister, Ismaila Isa-Funtua, has died.
Mr Isa-Funtua died Monday night while keeping a doctor’s appointment, according to family sources.
He is suspected to have died of cardiac arrest as he was not known to be seriously sick.
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.