By Abdulmalik Suleiman
The immediate past governor of Kano State, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso has joined other well-meaning Nigerians to extol the virtues of the late publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah who passed on last Saturday.
In a statement issued in Kano on Monday, the former federal lawmaker described the late Nda-Isaiah as a quintessential patriot who championed the clamour for a better Nigeria through journalism.
Kwakwanso also described the late publisher as an excellent administrator who was able (within a shot spate of time) to float, nurture and successfully manage a national newspaper, which was to become the darling platform for the common man to air their views.
While regretting the fact thatNda-Isaiah died at his prime, the former governor added that all the qualities he had highlighted about him no doubt earned deceased, the distinction as a positive role model to youths who knew him while alive who saw him as an inspiration to look up to.
The statement, which was made available to newsmen via Kwakwanso’s media office, described the late journalist as a thorough and fearless professional who utilized the media to highlight issues that affected the common man.
“The news of the passage of my very good friend, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah came to me as a rude shock because no one expected that such would occur at this time. Though we take solace in the fact that Allah gives and takes at will but looking at the life and time of the just departed, one would no doubt thank God for giving the country Sam at the time he was with us.
“He was a professional whose contributions to nation building using the platform of journalism cannot be quantified. He was an excellent and gifted writer who articulated the ills plaguing Nigeria in the series of published write-ups he made while alive.
“He also used the platform to advocate for a better country, where all Nigerians would have the same equal opportunities to excel. Looking at some of the writings, one would be convinced that he was a fearless writer who spoke the truth to powers that be.” Kwakwanso wrote.
While stating that the late journalist was personally known to him as a progressive minded individual, he added that “he was always coming to me when I was the governor to offer useful and valuable advice that were to prove useful in the task of moving my state forward.”