The publisher of Leadership newspapers and columnist, Sam Nda-Isiah, has died at the age of 58.

Although details of his death are sketchy, family sources confirmed that he died around 11pm on Friday.

He wrote the famous Monday Backpage column in Daily Trust before establishing Leadership Newspaper Group in 2001, and shifted to it to his medium.

In a statement by Femi Adesina, spokesman for the presidency, President Muhammadu Buhari described him as “a friend and ally.”

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.”

Born in 1962 in Minna, Niger State, Mr Nda-Isaiah, who held the traditional title of Kakaki Nupe, studied Pharmacy at Obafemi Awolowo University.

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