Tinubu mourns Sa’in Katsina, Amadu Na-Funtua

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President Bola Tinubu extends his condolences to the government and people of Katsina State over the passing of elder statesman and long-reigning Sa’in Katsina, Ahmadu Abdulkadir.

Ajuri Ngelale, spokesman for the president, in a statement on Friday, said the deceased, better known as Amadu Na-Funtua, was a renowned leader, politician and businessman.

“President Tinubu states that the contributions of the late Na-Funtua to community building and development will long be remembered.

“The president prays for Allah’s mercy on the soul of the deceased and comfort for his family,” he said.

Alhaji Ahmadu Na Funtua, a revered traditional title holder and a pillar of Katsina’s cultural heritage, departed this world on Thursday, leaving behind a legacy of service, wisdom, and cultural stewardship that has significantly shaped Katsina state.

Born on May 25, 1929, in Unguwar ‘Yantaba, Katsina, Alhaji Ahmadu Na Funtua lived a life rich in experiences and contributions to society. His journey took him beyond the borders of Nigeria, living in Ghana and Niger Republic in his early years, where he forged lasting friendships, including a close relationship with the former Ghanaian president, Kwame Nkrumah.

In 1973, in recognition of his exemplary character and contributions to the emirate, he was turbaned as Sa’in Katsina by the late Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Usman Nagogo, that marked the beginning of five decades of dedicated service to the Katsina Emirate and its people.

Alhaji Ahmadu Na Funtua was a man of many talents and passions. He founded the NASARA CLUB, a football team that contributed to the sporting landscape of Katsina. His linguistic prowess was remarkable, with the ability to speak eight languages fluently, reflecting his cosmopolitan outlook and his role as a bridge between cultures.

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