About 30 years old Jide, the first son of the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was said to have died after collapsing.
A family source said that Jide collapsed and died from what was suspected to be a heart attack around 9 pm yesterday, Tuesday.
The family source said that immediately after he collapsed, close family members rushed him to hospital on Lagos Island where he was confirmed dead on arrival.
It was gathered that the news of his death was kept secret because the father, Bola Tinubu, was in Abuja attending the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC.
Public announcement of the death of Jide, was made today, Wednesday in a twitter by the Chairman of APC in Lagos, Otumba Henry Ajimole, when he tweeted: “it’s with regrets that I inform you of the demise of Mr. Jide Tinubu, the Son of Our dear and esteemed Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
The deceased was a law graduate of the University of Liverpool, England. He obtained a Masters degree in Maritime Law from the University of London and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999.
The late lawyer had served as Promoter of TSL Limited and also worked in the Legal Department of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited from January 2000 to September 2001. Prior to this, he had brief stints with Cargo Maritime, Paris, France, a firm of shipbrokers that specialize in petroleum product tankers, and Ocean and Oil Services Ltd.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, in a telephone conversation with Asiwaju Tinubu today, Wednesday, said that he was deeply grieved to learn of the passing away of his first son.
The President described the transition of Jide as “sad and painful,” adding 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. [myad]