Buhari Mourns As Sam Nda-Isaiah, Founder Of Leadership Group Dies, Aged 58

The Chairman and Founder of Leadership Group Limited, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, is dead.


His death was disclosed by Leadership Newspaper in the early hours of today, Saturday, December 12, 2020.

A media mogul, writer, politician and serial entrepreneur, Sam Nda-Isaiah died last night in Abuja after a brief illness. He was 58.

Confirming his demise, a statement by the family last night said; “We are deeply saddened to announce the news of the passing of the chairman of LEADERSHIP Group/National Economy, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah.

“He died in Abuja on Friday night, after a brief illness. Nda-Isaiah was a family man, a serial entrepreneur and visioner, and a passionate politician. He was, above all, a man of faith. Even in this moment of grief, we know he is in a better place.”


Meanwhile, a report by Leadership Newspaper reveals that Sam Nda-Isaiah was a pharmacist. However, he made his mark as a newspaperman, with three dailies, including the flagship LEADERSHIP, in his stable.

In addition, he was a serial entrepreneur with a portfolio of thriving businesses. The deceased was also a founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on whose platform he contested for presidential ticket in 2014.

Sam Nda-Isaiah also held the traditional title of Kakaki Nupe, the spokesperson of the Nupe people. He was also conferred with a chieftaincy title, Aare Baaroyin of Akure Kingdom, by Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun.


His last major outing was on Thursday, December 10; when he inaugurated the Board of Economists of NATIONAL ECONOMY Media Limited, a subsidiary of the LEADERSHIP Group.

The late Nda-Isaiah was born in Minna, capital of Niger State on May 1, 1962. He attended the UNA Elementary School before switching over to the Christ Church School, Kaduna in 1968 to complete his primary school education.

He attended the Federal Government College, Kaduna, from 1974 to 1979. Later, he studied Pharmacy at the Obafemi Awolowo University; completing his National Youth Service Corps programme at the Ekiti State General Hospital in 1984.

Nda-Isaiah, fondly called “Sam”, is an alumnus of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He began his working career as a pharmacist at the Kano Specialist Hospital before he moved to General Hospital, Minna. He worked at Pfizer Products Limited from 1985 to 1989.

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Further, he was a member of the Asian think-tank, the Global Institute for Tomorrow in Hong Kong. In 2019, he was appointed board member of the Baze University, Abuja.

In 2015, Nda-Isaiah ran for the country’s presidency, contesting the primaries of the APC; with the campaign slogan, Big Ideas. He however lost in the keenly contested primaries.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sadness at the death of Sam Nda-Isaiah. This was disclosed in a statement issued by special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.

Adesina said the president condoled with the media fraternity, the Nda-Isaiah family, friends and associates of the deceased.

“The country has lost a man of conviction, a resolute and dogged believer in a better Nigeria,” the statement quoted Buhari as saying. He will be sorely missed. This is a massive fish gone out of the media ocean,’’ Buhari said.Photo Credit: Getty

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