The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has thanked Nigerians for their show of concern over the death of his eldest son, Jide, which he described as a “grave loss.”
Thirty-seven-year old Jide died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday, Nov. 1, following which condolence messages poured into the APC chieftain’s home from President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors, ministers and Nigerians in general.
In a statement by his media aide, Tunde Rahman on Friday, Nov. 3, Tinubu disclosed the cause of Jide’s death, thanked all who commiserated with the family, and reflected on the lessons learnt from his son’s death. The statement read partly;
“My son was a highly intelligent person with a vibrant personality and a zest for life. 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 knows 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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Let us all take a lesson from this and think a bit more about our fellow man, our neighbor, our fellow Nigerian. Let us live as we were meant to live with each other in greater peace, compassion and love. If only this can happen, I know my son will be happy.”