The publisher of Leadership Newspapers group, Mr. Sam Ndah Isiah has died yesterday at the age of 58, after a brief illness.
A sources from Leadership newspaper revealed that the owner of the newspaper house and former presidential aspirant of the APC was strong and healthy Thursday attending functions in his office in Abuja.
Sam Nda-Isaiah, a trained pharmacy, worked briefly as a pharmacist at the Kano Specialist Hospital before moving to General Hospital, Minna.
He began his columnist work with The Daily Trust Editorial Board as a board member and worked as a committee member in the Kano State Government to revive The Triumph, a Kano owned newspaper. In 2003, he headed Mohammadu Buhari’s presidential campaign publicities.
In 2001, Sam Nda-Isaiah founded the Leadership Newspaper Group. He had a weekly column in Daily Trust titled “Last Word and Earshot”. After that, he established the Leadership Newspaper, where the column became one of the most popular in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who said Sam “was a friend and ally” has expressed shock and sadness at his death.
The President condoles with the media fraternity, the Nda-Isaiah family, friends and associates of the deceased, saying “the country has lost a man of conviction, a resolute and dogged believer in a better Nigeria.”
“He will be sorely missed. This is a massive fish gone out of the media ocean,” President Buhari further says of the pharmacist, renowned columnist, and one time presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
Sam was last week elected as an Ex-Officio by the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
Sam Nda-Isaiah, was born on May 1, 1962.