Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said he had suffered a grave loss” as he spoke on the death of his son, Jide, saying he wished he could bring him back.
He sent his appreciation to every well meaning individuals who has demonstrated their sympathy over the loss of his eldest son, Jide.
“I want to especially thank President Muhammadu Buhari, VP 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”.
“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”.
The leader of the All Progressive Congress uses his grieving moment as a point of reminder to every human.
“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”.
Tinubu stated that since his son lived a vitual part of his life in London and has left behind a wife and three sons, himself and his wife, senator Remi Tinubu has gone to be with the family left behind by their late son and pleaded to be excused from Lagos during this period.
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 says.
Tinubu spoke about the lesson that his son’s death has taught him:
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.
With so much emotion, he wished he could bring back his dead son.
“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 Nigerians. 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”.
However, he appreciated everyone who sttod by them in their trying times and ask that they continue to pray for him.
Thank you and may God bless you all.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu