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My son died of Cardiac Arrest – Tinubu



Former governor of Lagos state and APC national leader Bola Tinubu has released a statement following his son Jide‘s demise.

Jide died on Tuesday after suffering from cardiac arrest, Tinubu’s statement said.

Tinubu thanked President Buhari, state governors, senators and Nigerians who commiserated with his family after Jide’s demise.

Jide Tinubu

Read the statement released by Tinubu’s media aide Tunde Rahman below:

Statement by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Passing on of Son Kazeem Olajide Babajide (Oct.12, 1980-Oct.31st 2017)

We want to express our thanks and deep appreciation to all who have demonstrated their sympathy and expressed their condolences over the loss of our 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. 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.

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 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 may God bless you all.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
November 3, 2017.


  1. Dotun Abdul

    November 3, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Ha! what an agony this is for Asiwaju and his family! We can only pray that God gives them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable and irreparable loss. Surely from Him we came and unto Him we shall return.
    I commend Asiwaju for speaking like a warrior, he`s demonstrated why he is a leader, even at this auspicious time.
    May God grant Jide heaven and rest his precious soul in perfect peace. Amen.

    • Just saying

      November 4, 2017 at 2:38 am


    • Frank

      November 4, 2017 at 2:53 am


  2. Ec

    November 3, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Jesus heal this family

  3. Dez

    November 3, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    My heart goes out to him. Losing a child is the worst kind of pain. May Jide’s soul rest in peace.

  4. Cpr-can-save

    November 3, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Cardiac arrest is always as a result of a medical condition.Soomething must have led to that.
    God comfort his family

    • Epson

      November 3, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      I do not understand the necessity of the first part of your comment and I find it insensitive. Saying cardiac arrest is “always” due to a medical condition is an extreme statement. Reactions to medications, stress and oxygen deprivation for example, can lead to a heart attack. And even with medical conditions, there are many people walking around without knowing that they could have conditions that can lead to a heart attack, due to no fault of theirs. At this point, stating the obvious or inaccurate information, does not help anybody.

  5. tony

    November 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Eyaa!! Sorry for your loss.. I cant even imagine… how about the kids…. would now grow up withing a doting father… take heart sir

  6. Na question I ask

    November 4, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Who killed Funsho Williams. #FunshoWilliamsKidsAlsoMatter

  7. Nnenne

    November 4, 2017 at 12:31 am

    May his soul rest in peace !

  8. rose alero jallah adekuoroye

    November 4, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Oh!what a painful loss but who are we to query God.He gives life and takes it when He wants.Sir,may the Almighty God give u and family the fortitude to bear this great loss.May the soul of Jide continue to rest in the bossom of his Creator.Amen.

  9. Victor Adegoke

    November 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Very Sad loss. God give Asiwaju and the family the fortitude to bear this tragic loss. Amen.

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