Tinubu speaks on death of his son Jide

APC Chieftain, Chief Bola Tinubu briefing State House Correspondents
APC Chieftain, Chief Bola Tinubu briefing State House Correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday (30/10/17) 05775/30/10/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

A leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has spoken on the death of his son, Jide.

In a statement he personally signed, Mr. Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, confirmed that the late Kazeem Olajide Babajide died on October 31. He was born on October 12, 1980.

Mr. Tinubu expressed appreciation “to all who have demonstrated their sympathy and expressed their condolences over the loss.”

“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,” he said.

Read the full statement by the former Lagos governor below.

Statement by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on the death of his 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 neighbour, 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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  • systematic

    I dont know how to send our condolence for the family of mr tinubu for this great lost

    • Frieday John-Taylor

      @disqus_nhXQaBfwCl:disqus @

      Why is it that Nigerians are described as suddenly INTELLIGENT when they die, why is that so?
      All over the world intelligent people leave their footprints on the sands of time for the general public.
      It is strange that this 39-yar-old deceased person has no footprints that Nigerians were ever aware of.
      No photograph, no curriculum vitae, no known numeracy or literary skills and no known thought-process.
      It may just be that in Nigeria what you call intelligence is a secret to be known to family members only, right?

      • dan arewa

        You are so mean !!! Is this all you can write about a deceased young person and his family at this moment ? I am ashamed of you

        • aisha ani

          Why are you ashamed of him, the man is telling the truth.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            He wrote no truth, but displayed his crass ignorance.

      • aisha ani

        Only intelligent with his fellow druggies.

        • Rev

          No matter how much you disagree with anyone, it is unwise to exploit and ridicule them in a moment of loss such as this.
          Weep with those who are weeping says the Holy Book.

          • Tico

            I disagree with you. It is the political class of which Mr Tinubu belongs that ridicule the rest of Nigerians with their endless thieving habits and continual spiteful statements. How can he tell us that ‘Jide lived in London for a very long time…and Jide of course went to school in London…and received medical treatment in London hospitals just like his Father and other siblings…why???? Because Nigerian public institutions are too filthy! Yet, the same Tinubu was a state Governor and even wants a shot at presidency. All I am saying is that other Nigerians have lost sons too…sometimes as a direct or indirect consequence of the actions or in-actions of Mr Tinubu, and they did not even get half of the attention he is now getting. Nonsense!

          • Rev

            Well you have made your point.

        • Seer

          I AM A HONEST HUMAN BEING AND WILL NOT WEEP MORE
          THAN THE BRREAVED AND THEREFORE WILL NOT WEEP
          AT ALL OR UNDULY BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY
          CALLED JIDE TINUBU. IF HE WAS DOING BAD
          THING LIKE DRUG, WHICH KILLS HIM WITH
          OVERDOSE I CANNOT SAY. ALL I CAN SAY
          IS LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD;
          AND LET AN AUDIT OF LAGOS STATE
          ACCOUNTS START TO KNOW WHO
          STOLE WHAT, WHEN AND HOW.

      • whereto

        Many of us Nigerians have lost our humanity.By the way, 1980-2017 is not 39years.

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    Tinubu, you really love your son

  • Avengers’ SYMPATHIZER

    “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.”

    The above should have been;

    “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 arrogate state resources to ourselves as life pension when we leave office or be honest to do the opposite. Let us all strive toward not stealing state resources when we are Governors or public servants and let us use state resources to fund and equip educational institutions and health facilities so that our own children however “intelligent” or dumb will live in our Nigeria for a ‘very’ long time and not in London…will go to school in Nigeria and receive medical treatment in Nigeria when they suffer heart attack. Let us all strive towards the best in ALL Nigerians.

    • abodes_124

      Sorry Sir. There is a time for politics and there is a time to show our humanity. For a parent to bury a child is one of the hardest things to bear. Let us mourn with the Tinibus now. Politics[where i do not agree fully with him] can resume later and in another space. May God grant him and his wife the strength to bear their loss and may Jide’s soul rest in peace

  • Frank Bassey

    Methinks it is you who needs help here bcos u cannot decipher the satirical dimension of Frieday. Boko Haram kills several “intelligent” 37yr old males with 3 or more beautiful boys and a wife or wives. We never saw Tinubu visiting or commiserating with the families, neither did we see the so called sympathizers Tinubu referred to commiserating with the families of victims of Nigerian Army’s brutality on orders given by Buhari…Shiite murders and IPOB mass burials. Why then must the death of one Jide be presented as more loss than the other deaths? Is his life worth more than the lives of any other I mentioned above?

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Yawn

  • JasV

    The important thing is that we come to realize that one day we will be gone. Whether it is Tinubu who upturned local government voting results in Lagos State, or ordinary citizen who did not pray for their enemies as our religions admonish, or pay tax, or cheat on our wives or husbands or come up with false claims in our various places of work, our day is coming. May his soul rest in peace

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Asiwaju deserves sympathy because it is hard and sad for a parent to bury a child. The same goes to all those Parents who have buried their unarmed children killed by the Buhari-Buratai tyranny in Igbo land, may they be consoled by the fact that death is a universal phenomenon.