By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
A week long activities to mark the final burial of Chairman of LEADERSHIP Group, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah who died on Friday, December 11, 2020 are planned to commence on Wednesday this week. Nda-Isaiah died on Friday, December 11 at the age of 58 after a brief illness.
A statement by his brother, Mr. Abraham Nda-Isaiah, said dignitaries expected to participate in the events, which would commence by 12 noon on Wednesday with virtual tributes. Those expected at the virtual tribute include former heads of state, General Ibrahim Babangida and General Abdulsalami Abubakar both from his home state, Niger.
The foremost traditional ruler in Niger State, Etsu Nupe, Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, is also expected to participate in the events. Nda-Isaiah held the traditional title of Kakaki Nupe, spokesperson of the Nupe people, among several other traditional titles.
There were also strong indications on Sunday that the Presidency and Niger State (where the late Chairman comes from), would send strong delegations to the events.
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,” Abraham said.
Sam Nda-Isaiah, who 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.