No parent would like to be in my shoes, says Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu has officially reacted to the news of the sudden demise of his eldest son, late Mr. Kazeem Jide Tinubu.

In a thank you message to Nigerians, which he personally signed and which was obtained from the website of his media aide, Mr. Tunde Rahman, Tinubu in the emotion laden piece admitted that the pain of the loss was too unbearable for him and that no parent would seek to be in his shoes.

“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.” Tinubu wrote.

The politician who described the deceased a ‘highly intelligent and vibrant personality’ however stated that he and his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu have left the shores of the country to be with the family of their son.

Waxing philosophical on the development, the APC chieftain wrote that “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.”

Commenting on the personality of the deceased, Tinubu wrote that, “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.”

On why he had to live the shores of the country so soon, he added that “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.”

He thanked Nigerians for the show of condolence to his family on the tragic incidence, adding “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 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.


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