NATIONAL Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu has lost his son, Jide Tinubu. Jide died yesterday in Lagos after a brief illness and has been buried at Ikoyi cemetery according to Islamic rites.
Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode was one of the early callers at Tinubu house on Bourdillion road, Ikoyi, Lagos yesterday. Confirming the death, the Lagos State chairman of the APC, Otunba Henry Ajomale in a text message, said: “It is with regrets that I inform you of the demise of Mr Jide Tinubu, the son of our dear and esteemed leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.” Ajomale also called on members of the APC to commiserate with the former governor of Lagos State over the loss. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara; Governor Abiola Ajimobi and pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere have condoled with Tinubu over the death of his son. Buhari, APC mourn President Buhari, in a telephone call, yesterday, to Tinubu on behalf of the Federal Government and his family, offered his deepest condolences to the Tinubu family over the loss of Jide. The President, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, described the transition of Jide as “sad and painful”, adding that the nation has been denied the services and potentials of the resourceful lawyer. He prayed that God will grant the Tinubu family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss, and comfort all who mourn the passage of the promising gentleman. Also, the APC said it received the sad news of the death of Jide Tinubu, “with great shock and grief.” APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in a statement said: “It is never easy losing a child or any loved one. Indeed, it is hardest when they are taken from us too soon. Many who met the late Jide Tinubu, who was a lawyer, fondly described him as cerebral, industrious and full of life. “In this moment of grief, the Party offers its sincere condolence and deepest sympathy to His Excellency and other immediate family members over the painful loss. May the outpouring of sympathy and the comfort in knowing that the late Jide’s death is felt by many, help the family through this difficult time.We pray Almighty Allah (SWT) grant the late Jide eternal rest,” the statement added. It is saddening — Dogara The Speaker of the House of Representatives said he was shocked to receive the sad news of the sudden death of Deji Tinubu. Dogara said: “The late Deji was a lawyer of high repute who cut his teeth in the maritime sector and was hard-working and enterprising. It is saddening that a father buries his son. I can only imagine your pain and grief at this time. I’m depressed — Ajimobi On his part, Governor Ajimobi, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, expressed regrets that the cold hands of death have snatched another promising and ebullient young man. Ajimobi described the sudden death of the APC national leader’s son as not only shocking but unfortunate and disheartening. The governor said: “My dear Asiwaju, please accept my heartfelt condolences. On behalf of myself, family and the good people of Oyo State, I pray that God will give you the strength and courage to bear this monumental loss.” Afenifere mourns Commiserating with Tinubu, Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin said “it is a sad and tragic news. We pray that God will grant the family the fortitude to bear this great loss.”