The Oasis Reporters
December 16, 2020
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has mourned the passing of the Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, describing as remarkable his dexterity and strides in journalism and nation building.
The governor, in a statement, noted that Nda-Isaiah served Nigeria as a committed patriot and contributed immensely to national development while he lived.
According to him, “I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of the Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah. He was a committed journalist who explored several opportunities to contribute to nation building. His commitment to progress and advancement would be greatly missed.”
The governor added that the late publisher was a firm believer in the Nigerian project, noting that his fervent zeal to drive change would not be forgotten.
He prayed for God to grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
In another development, Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has expressed shock and sadness at the death of the publisher of the Leadership newspapers, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah.
He described the late publisher as a man of courage, who took the cause of revolutionising the media industry head-on and made great marks on the industry.
Governor Makinde, according to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, maintained that Nda-Isaiah’s death has created a huge vacuum in the media industry in the country.
He prayed to God to grant repose to the soul of the late publisher and grant his immediate family, the Newspapers Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and, indeed, the entire country, the fortitude to bear the loss of “a great man, who played his part effectively in building the country.”
He said: “The news of the death of the publisher of Leadership newspaper, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, came to me as a shock.
“Mr. Nda-Isaiah was one of a few Nigerians whose courage I salute, because he picked up the challenge of revolutionising the media industry with the establishment of Leadership newspaper and within a short while, made a great mark.
“I am sure that his death has left a vacuum in the media industry and I can only pray God to grant repose to his soul and grant his immediate family, the media family, especially the NPAN and all Nigerians, the fortitude to bear this loss.
“Mr. Nda-Isaiah played his part effectively in building the country and one can say that he has fought a good fight. May his soul rest in peace.”