Burial rites for Sam Nda-Isaiah’s begin Wednesday


Activities marking the burial of the Chairman of LEADERSHIP Group, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, are billed to begin on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

Nda-Isaiah died on Friday, December 11, after a brief illness. He was aged 58.

A statement by his younger brother, Mr Abraham Nda-Isaiah, said dignitaries expected to participate in the events, which would commence by 12noon with virtual tributes, included former heads of state, General Ibrahim Babangida and General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

The foremost traditional ruler in Niger State, Etsu Nupe, Dr Yahaya Abubakar, is also expected to participate in the events.

Nda-Isaiah was the Kakaki Nupe, spokesperson of the Nupe people.

He also held several other traditional titles.

The statement by Mr Abraham Nda-Isaiah said the virtual tributes for the late media mogul would start at 12noon on Wednesday.

According to him, “The Service of Songs will hold on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja at 3pm.

“He will be interred on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the Gudu Cemetery, Abuja at 10am in what would be an invitation-only ceremony.”

Sam Nda-Isaiah was a pharmacist, entrepreneur, media mogul and an astute politician. His passing has drawn an outpouring of grief across the country and abroad.

A statement from his family announcing the death penultimate Friday had said Sam Nda-Isaiah “was a family man, serial entrepreneur and visioner, passionate politician, and above all, a man of faith.”

Although he trained as a pharmacist, “Sam”, as he was fondly called, adopted journalism as his profession and earned a mark for himself having founded the LEADERSHIP Newspaper titles, National Economy and AYAU, the first daily Hausa newspaper.

He was also a founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a political platform he contested for the presidential ticket in 2014.

The media mogul is survived by his aged mother, wife, children and siblings.

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