President Muhammadu Buhari, and other eminent Nigerians on Wednesday condoled with a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, over the death of his eldest son, Jide.
A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted the President as saying that he was deeply grieved to learn of the death of Jide Tinubu, during a phone call he made on behalf of the Federal Government and his (Buhari’s) family.
Describing the transition of Jide 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.
Other eminent Nigerians including members of the APC have also expressed their condolences to Mr. Tinubu over the death of his son.
The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, said via his verified Twitter handle, “I am left shell shocked by the news of the demise of Jide Tinubu. My thoughts and prayers are with our National leader @AsiwajuTinubu.”
“He was such a wonderful soul. Good Night, dear cousin,” said Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu, who is currently representing Ikeja Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
The senator representing Lagos East at the National Assembly, Gbenga Ashafa, tweeted, “My heart & prayers are with our leader Asiwaju @AsiwajuTinubu and his family at this time of grief. May the soul of Mr. Jide Tinubu R.I.P.”
A former Nigerian Vice President and chieftain of the APC, Atiku Abubakar, in a statement expressed shock and anguish over the death of Mr. Tinubu’s son.
“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”, Mr. Abubakar said.
“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 former VP added.
In the same vein, the APC also condoled with Mr. Tinubu, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi.
“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,” the statement read.
Similarly, speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said he was shocked to receive the sad news of the sudden death of Mr. 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,” Mr. Dogara said.