All Progressives Con- gress, APC, National leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has described the death of his first son, Babajide last Tuesday as a grave loss that no parent would like to bear.
Barely 24 hours after the news was broken to him, Tinubu travelled to London to meet the immediate family of the deceased who resides in the United Kingdom.
Tinubu in his first reaction to the death said, “my son was a highly intelligent person with a vibrant personality and a zest for life.
“I wish I could bring my son back but I cannot. However, what I can do is to be more caring and helpful to the living as I know this is what Jide would want to become of his passing.
“Jide lived for so long in London and there he has left behind a darling wife and three precious boys. My wife Remi and I have gone to London to be with them at this painful time to support and help them.”
“Please excuse our absence from Lagos for a while but it is essential that we are with them. Prayers are being offered and will continue to be offered for the repose of his soul. I have suffered a grave loss that no parent would like to bear. “
“As a father, I must spend time putting my arms around the family he has left behind.”
“He followed his own course and made his own way on his own terms. Those who knew him could not help but like him. Yet, he was taken away by cardiac arrest when it seemed he had so much life to still live.
“This is a reminder that we must live each day to its best as none of us know when our last day shall be. Mortality comes upon us all. We have no choice in that but we do have a choice whether we shall be good or bad, just or unjust. Let us all strive toward the best in ourselves.”
“We must seek a lesson in every loss. Your reaction to my son’s passing has taught me that we can be a people of profound love and humanity when we want to be. People of every tribe, region, faith and every political affiliation have expressed their sympathy and extended to me the embrace of a brother or sister.
“Even those who don’t agree with me politically have shown strong support and care indistinguishable from that of my associates. This says so much about the innate goodness in all of us. For no matter what, we are not foes or enemies. We are all of one human stock, a single nation, one family.”
Tinubu, also took time to express deep appreciation to all who have demonstrated their sympathy and expressed their condolences over the loss of his eldest son.
Meanwhile, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, Joe Igbokwe, All Progressives Congress, APC, Publicity Secretary, Lags chapter, were among other Nigerians who condoled Tinubu.
In a condolence message, Senator Ashafa, stated, “I received with shock and great sadness earlier today the news of the demise of Mr. Jide Tinubu, the son of our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“My heart and prayers are with Asiwaju and his family at this time of grief. May the soul of Mr. Jide Tinubu Rest In Perfect Peace. Amen.”
Governor Ahmed observed with dismay that the sudden death had denied the country the service of a promising and resourceful legal practitioner. The statement further said, “it is sad and a great loss for parents to lost their children”.
Ahmed therefore, urged the National leader to take solace in the fact that death is an inevitable end of all mortals.
The Governor, who prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest, also prayed Almighty Allah to grant the parents the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Also, Igbokwe, in a condolence message, sympathized with Tinubu, saying, “With heavy hearts, we sympathize with our leaders, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over the loss of his first son, Jide.
“The news came as a rude shock to us at a time like this. Death of young people like Jide whose parents are alive leaves a deep pains that will not go away too easily.
“When our leader Asiwaju is happy we are happy with him, when he weeps, we weep also, when he is in pains, we are in pains also.
“May God grant Asiwaju and the entire Tinubu family the fortitude and the courage to bear this great loss.”
Meanwhile, former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, retd has described the death of Mr. Jide Tinubu,as an irredeemable loss.
In a statement yesterday by his Spokesperson, Kassim Afegbua, and entitled, “ Asiwaju, Accept my Heartfelt Condolence”, Babangida said, “It struck me with helpless awe to learn of the sudden death of your first son Jide, on Tuesday,31st, October 2017. I feel a sense of personal loss over this sad incident which usually tends to test our faith in Allah as we sojourn through life. We often times feel a sense of emptiness and nostalgia each time we lost even the elderly, no matter how old, let alone a dear son who is just starting to form his own life, with such a promising future.
“When death occurs, it leaves a gaping hole in our hearts such that only time could heal. When death strikes, it offers us an opportunity to reminisce about life and the whole essence of living. It affords us a sober reflection of our conduct, engagements and struggles in appreciation of life’s enduring trials and tribulations. Death cuts deep into our hearts and stunts our psyche. It creates famished emotions and painful thoughts about life and its ephemerality. And often times, we are helpless in questioning the Almighty Allah, the decider of our fate, the owner of all creations and taker of all lives, except that as humans, we cannot stop agonizing when we lose dear ones. as an irredeemable loss.
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