Emerging reports reveal that Jide Tinubu died on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The Lagos State Chairman of the APC, Chief Henry Ajomale, confirmed the tragic incident. However, the circumstances surrounding his death are still sketchy.
Eminent Nigerians and politicians across the nation, mainly members of the APC, have expressed their condolences with the APC chieftain.
President Buhari on behalf of the Federal Government and his family offered his deepest condolences to the Tinubu family over the loss of Jide.
A statement by Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said the president “is deeply grieved to learn of the passing away of Jide Tinubu, eldest son of the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.”
Describing Jide’s transition as “sad and painful,” the president said 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.
The APC has also condoled with Tinubu saying it received the sad news of Jide’s death “with great shock and grief”. In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, the party said:
“It’s 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 speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said he was shocked to receive the sad news of the sudden death of Tinubu’s son.
He described the late Jide as a lawyer of high repute who cut his teeth in the maritime sector and was hardworking and enterprising.
“It is saddening that a father buries his son. I can only imagine your pain and grief at this time. I pray God almighty to grant you and your family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” Dogara said.
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola received the news of Jide’s death with great shock and grief. A statement by the governor’s spokesman Sola Fasure said:
“I received the sad news of the death of Jide Tinubu, the son of the former governor of Lagos State and the Party’s National Leader, Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, with great shock and grief.
“It is very sad to lose a child or any loved one for that matter at his or her prime. Jide’s death is a blow too many to his family, both extended and immediate.
“This indeed, is a very sad moment we all share with our great leader. My heartfelt condolence goes to the entire Tinubu family.
“On behalf of myself, the government and the good people of Osun, I offer our heartfelt condolences to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at this moment of trial.
“We pray Almighty Allah (SWT) bestow on the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable lose and May Allah grant the late Jide eternal rest.”
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, described Jide’s sudden death as not only shocking but unfortunate and disheartening.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Yomi Layinka, the governor expressed regrets that the cold hands of death has snatched another promising and ebullient young man.
“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.
“My thoughts and prayers are with you in this trying period. With Jide’s death, the country has lost another shining star and future leader. May the Almighty comfort his wife, children and the entire family,” Ajimobi said.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has also commiserated with Bola Tinubu over Jide’s death and prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss. Speaking via his official Twitter handle, Fayose wrote:
“I commiserate with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over the sudden death of his son, Jide.May God console the Asiwaju Tinubu’s family & may his soul RIP.”
Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President and chieftain of the APC, has also expressed shock and anguish over the death of Tinubu’s son.
In a statement, the former vice president commiserated with the Tinubu family and counselled them not to lose faith in the will of Allah despite the oddity of the present pain and challenges.
“Nothing happens in this world without the will of Allah. How long we live or when to die is all ordained by the Almighty. But it’s most heart-breaking for any parent to bury his or her own child. I pray that Almighty Allah would grant the Asiwaju and Senator Remi, his wife, and the rest of the family the fortitude to bear this huge loss”, Atiku said.
The former vice president also called on men and women of goodwill, friends and associates to rally round Tinubu in prayers as they brave their moment of grief and loss of a family member.
“My family and I are deeply saddened over the death of this promising young man. We are touched and are praying fervently that our brothers and sisters who are suddenly bereaved would pull through this difficult time with trust and faith in the Creator who gives and takes at His command,” the statement said.