All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has thanked Nigerians for their show of concern over the death of his eldest son, Jide.
Thirty-seven-year-old Jide died of cardiac arrest in Lagos on Wednesday, following which condolence messages poured into the APC chieftain’s home from President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors, ministers and the generality of Nigerians.
Reflecting on his son’s death and the sympathy it generated from Nigerians in a statement he personally signed yesterday, Tinubu, on behalf of the family, expressed “deep appreciation to all who have demonstrated their sympathy and expressed their condolences over the loss of our eldest son.”
He said: “I want to especially thank President Muhammadu Buhari, VP (Vice President) Yemi Osinbajo, the state governors, distinguished senators, particularly Senate President Bukola Saraki, members of the House of Representatives, APC leaders and members and, indeed, all Nigerians.
“I thank the traditional rulers for their display of support.”
Tinubu said the public reaction to his son’s death had taught him that Nigerians could be “a people of profound love and humanity.”
He said: “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.”
He described his deceased son as a highly intelligent person with a vibrant personality and zest for life, who followed his own course and made his own way on his own terms.
Tinubu on son’s death
He said: “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.
“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.
“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 Nigeria.
“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.
“Again, as we are away from Lagos, we thank you for the love you have shown and ask that you not only show it to us but to each other.
“Please continue to pray for him wherever you are.
“Thank you and God bless you all.”