Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has described the late Sam Nda-Isaiah, publisher of the Leadership and National Economy newspapers as a fantastic and complete gentleman.

Bello gave this description during the night of tribute for the media magnate in Abuja on Sunday.

“Uncle Sam, as I used to call him, is a fantastic man; a man of the people.

“In November, I was down with COVID-19, Uncle Sam kept calling to encourage and guide, little I know that COVID-19 will lead to his death,’’ the governor said.

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He prayed God Almighty to give the family, he left behind, the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

Speaking on behalf of the family, younger brother of the deceased, Abraham Nda-Isaiah, thanked the governor for the tribute and eulogies to the late publisher.

Nda-Isaiah also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osibajo, for their constant support as well as Sen. President, Ahmed Lawan.

A minute silence was observed in memory of the deceased. (NAN)